Molly Garrett

Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Elementary Teacher Certification, Language Arts and Integrated Science

Field of Study: Master of Arts with Teacher Certification (MAC) - ELMAC (Language Arts & Integrated Science majors)

Year in Program: 1

Geographic Region: Fairport, NY

Undergraduate: Fairport High School, University of Michigan (undergraduate), Oakland University (post-bachelor class)

Prior to UM: Before starting the ELMAC program, I managed a research lab in the UM Department of Psychology. I joined this lab during my senior year of college, and became a staff member after graduating with my bachelor's degree. During this position, I did a lot of work with schools and elementary school students, which definitely pushed me to pursue admission to the ELMAC program! At first, this work was part-time, so I also spent time as an Assistant Teacher at the UM Towsley Children's House and working at the Brown Jug, a restaurant on campus. 

The best part of SOE so far: It's hard to choose! I have truly had an overwhelmingly positive experience as an ELMAC student since beginning my program in June. One aspect that has been superb is the faculty and staff at the SOE. Everyone is incredibly welcoming, kind, and supportive. I've been struck at the contrast between my experience as a University of Michigan undergraduate student and a member of the ELMAC program. The faculty does an amazing job of making us feel that we are cared for and supported, in and outside of school. 

After graduation: I'll be applying for jobs as an elementary school teacher in the Southeast Michigan region. At this point, I feel fairly open to the type of job setting (public, private, urban, suburban, etc.), but I feel myself leaning toward the upper elementary grades. I'd like to work in an elementary school, but will probably apply for positions in middle school as well. I am looking forward to teaching and also getting involved in educational policy. There is a lot of movement going on in the field of education, and I feel passionately obligated to do my part as a teacher to help make a positive impact in the education of our children. 

Teach me something! I've had the privilege of living in Ann Arbor since 2006, both as a student and as a young professional. I currently live in the Old West Side neighborhood, my favorite residence in Ann Arbor to date. Living on this side of town has led me to discover a completely different side of Ann Arbor than I encountered as a student, so here are some tips and hidden gems I've discovered in that time. 1. Go to the farmers' market in Kerrytown on Wednesday! It is less crowded than on Saturday mornings, so you'll have a better selection of goods and deal with less traffic. If you go on Wednesday evening, there will be food vendors and live music - a lovely way to spend a summer night! 2. Check out the West Side Farmers' Market. This market is held on Thursdays during the summer, from 3-7 PM. There are some different vendors than the ones you'll find at the Kerrytown market, and really great deals on produce. They also feature live music, and it is held outside of Zingerman's Roadhouse - a restaurant that should be on everyone's Ann Arbor Food bucket list! 3. Take advantage of Restaurant Week. It comes twice a year, and it is glorious. Ann Arbor has a plethora of delicious eateries, and this week is a perfect way to indulge in a fancy dinner for less. Look for this event in January and June! 4. If you like being active outdoors, look beyond the Arb. The Arb is beautiful, but just one of so many outdoor places to explore in Ann Arbor. Take a trip down the Huron River, go hiking in Bird Hills and Barton, hang out in West Park. 5. Visit Mark's Carts and Bill's Beer Garden (if you're legal, of course). Mark's Carts features a wide variety of food trucks, and it is connected to Bill's Beer Garden, which serves local beer & wine. You're able to bring in food to the beer garden from any restaurant, in case you can't settle on anything from the food carts. These two places are only open during the warmer months, so get your fill while the sun's out! 6. If you have the option, stay in Ann Arbor during the summer. The weather is beautiful, and the student population is drastically reduced - the city becomes your oyster! Look out for cultural events and festivals in Ann Arbor. Whether it is at the Michigan Theater, the Diag, Main Street, the Ark, or the Big House - there is always something going on in Ann Arbor, especially during the summer months. Some of my favorites include the Summer Festival, Taste of Ann Arbor, and Sonic Lunch. Whether you are a student or a resident - get out there and explore! Ann Arbor is a beautiful little city that has something for everyone. Have fun!