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Bilingual Education| Selected Student Profiles

Mahogany Blank, MA Student, Bilingual Education: International Training and Education

Current student profile

Where are you currently working?

I work at Arco Iris Somos Spanish Immersion Preschool in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

What attracted you to the program?

The International Training and Education Track attracted me to the program because after studying abroad in Argentina, I had great interest in other countries and how their education system works, especially their language policies.

What related experience do you have in the field?

My major as an undergraduate was in Spanish. My minor was in education. After graduating with my BA, I worked with ELL students at a middle school and at a high school in California.

What career goals do you have after completion of the program?

I would like to work in the curriculum field or the policy making field for bilingual education programs.

Ellie Crutcher, MA Student, Bilingual Education: TESOL

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Where are you currently working?

I currently teach fourth grade at a DC Public School named Hyde-Addison Elementary School.

What attracted you to the program?

I'm very interested in the bilingual education field and would love to focus my professional learning and practice in this particular sector of the education arena. I was enticed by the course options at AU and the flexibility to take some courses online during the summer term. 

What related experience do you have in the field?  

This is my fourth year teaching. I began my career as an ESL teacher. However, I felt very unprepared when I first began teaching ESL, and I am eager to learn more! 

What career goals do you have after completion of the program?

I would love to work in a dual language school and work with bilingual children to support their learning and development in both their L2 and their L1.

Kristen Witkop, MAT Student, Bilingual Education

Current student profile

What related experience do you have in the field?

I am a career switcher, so I am new to the field of education coming from a few years of work prior in sales. I taught English in Spain in a bilingual elementary school for a year before starting the program, so it was that experience that evoked the interest in education for me!

What career goals do you have after completion of the program?

I am interested in working full-time as a classroom teacher in a DC bilingual dual-language school, preferably with 4th grade.