Sarah Guzick

Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Secondary Teacher Certification, '13

Sarah  Guzick, School of Education

Field of Study: Secondary MAC -- Biology and Psychology

Year in Program: c/o 2013 

Age: 26 

Geographic Region: Jupiter, Florida 

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 

Prior to UM: I graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelors of science in psychology in 2009 with the intention of going to medical school. I worked in an anesthesiology lab at U of M's hospital for two years. It was during that time that I changed my mind and decided to become a teacher. I then spent a year at Oakland University earning a few more credits that I needed to apply to the MAC program. Just before beginning MAC, I spent a semester in San Diego, California working as an aid in my aunt's second grade classroom. 

Why your program? I knew I wanted to do the MAC program from the moment I first learned about it. With my content courses already completed, it allowed a fast (yet challenging) track to a master's and a certificate. I was excited about the idea of spending the year focusing mainly on how to best teach the content with which I was already so familiar. 

The best part of SOE so far: The SOE has provided me with an amazing support system. Having a solid group of colleagues that are all at the same point in their teaching career has been the best asset to me as a first year teacher. I have great relationships with the other members of my MAC cohort and we continue to share ideas and resources. I have also kept in touch with professors in the program who still go out of the way to help me when I ask. 

After graduation: After graduation in 2013, I landed my first teaching job in Jupiter, Florida as a 9th grade biology teacher. It has been one of the most challenging and exciting years of my life and has completely validated my decision to become a teacher. I have used so much of what I learned in MAC this year and am lucky enough to have amazing coworkers with whom I can collaborate and get new ideas. 

Teach me something! Ann Arbor is the most amazing place! It is so easy to get bogged down with work and forget to enjoy it. Take time to experience the town and the campus culture because I can tell you from experience that you will miss it when its all over!