Emily Jaffe

Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Secondary Teacher Certification, 16

Emily  Jaffe, School of Education

Field of Study: MA Ed Studies with SECMAC, Social Studies

Year in Program: c/o 2016

Undergraduate: University of Michigan (Go Blue!)

Why your program? I chose this program because of its focus on education for social justice. After serving in City Year Milwaukee, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my work to reducing the achievement gap within and between school districts. My passion for social studies, specifically history, emerged during City Year—where I saw how politics and economic policies led to daily challenges for my students and their communities. After doing some research, I recognized that MAC provided many opportunities to learn how to become a transformational educator. Most importantly, MAC has faculty and courses that teach SecMACers how to advocate for students within and outside the classroom. In addition, MAC's social studies area is led by faculty that teach SecMACers how to teach social studies in a way that creates a strong classroom culture and empowers individual students.

The best part of SOE so far: There are three aspects that I can't choose from. First, I was able to spend a full year in the same classroom with my 8th grade students. Spending time in one middle school classroom enabled me to develop meaningful relationships and to participate in the growth of my students' intellectual curiosity and social emotional learning. It is truly amazing to recognize how much development a student can make within 9 months—and to know that you were a part of it. Second, I have collaborated with another SecMACer who was placed in the other 8th grade history class at the middle school. I have grown so much as a teacher because of this experience; he always had creative and insightful lesson ideas and questions that challenged me to think. Last but not least, the faculty at SOE are always there to support you—and they will inspire and push you to be the best first year teachers possible!

After graduation: I hope to teach in a middle school social studies classroom!

Jaffe’s program of study:
Secondary Teacher Education (Secondary MAC)