|2006-2007: 31 graduates|
|2005-2006: 35 graduates|
|2004-2005: 42 graduates|
|2003-2004: 49 graduates|
The majority of graduates get full-time teaching jobs right away; though some of our graduates have chosen to go to graduate school or find jobs in education-related fields.
Sara Cieslewcz '09 teaches journalism and English in Southern York County School District. Sara cites working as an inbound counselor and courses with Kathy Jones and Carol Peters as most preparing her for her current role.
Maura Collins '10 teaches special education at an elementary school in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. "My experience at Juniata prepared me more than I could have imagined it would for the 'real' world," Maura says. "The education department had me in a classroom my very first semester. I had so many opportunities to work with students and not only learn strategies for teaching, but to practice them. My student teaching experience was, by far, the best preparation I could have had for a teaching position. I learned the requirements, responsibilities and rewards of teaching first hand. Juniata helped me prepare to expect the unexpected and value learning as a life-long opportunity."
Ashley DeMauro ’08 is employed at the Pennsylvania State Department of Education in Harrisburg, Pa.
Creg Drake '09 is currently teaching 9th grade biology at Muhlenberg School District in Reading, Pa while also pursuing his master's degree in classroom technology at Wilkes University. Creg says that his experience working as a Biology Lab Assistant for Science in Motion "definitely helped me get the job!"
Lindsey Jones '05 teaches physics at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore, Md. She became a physics teacher because she loved the projects and labs she explored at Juniata. Before she came to Eastern Tech, she taught at Milford Mill Academy and Pikesville High School. She plans to teach forever.
Carrie Knepp '10 has been substitute teaching in Harford County, Md. "Juniata taught me how to take a big step. After graduating from Juniata, I felt empowered to move from Mount Union, Pa., which is local to Juniata, to substituting and finding a full-time job near Baltimore," Carrie says.
Chris Kopco ’00 is the planetarium teacher for Washington County Public Schools. In an article by the Herald Mail, a Washington County, Pa., paper Kopco says, “It’s a dream job.” The article also tells that, as planetarium teacher, Kopco will teach thousands of schoolchildren and host public programs on many Tuesday evenings during the school year.
Dan Kraft '10 is a special education teacher. "My Juniata experience helped me in so many ways," Dan says. "At Juniata, I was able to gain experience before I began student teaching. Having to take classes from all different disciplines at Juniata gave me the chance to gain a number of different perspectives, and makes me more tolerant of the situations I encounter as a teacher. Overall, Juniata gave me the tools necessary to be a great educator."
Michael Kraft ’12 is currently pursuing a graduate degree in educational administration at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa.
Pam Mansell '09 teaches life skills at Pleasant Gap Elementary School. She cites her many practicum experiences as the key behind her current success. She will be supplementing her teaching with graduate study in education this fall.
Elizabeth McEvoy ’12 was awarded one of three pre-service educator grants from the Keystone State Reading Association.
Ashley Neubaum ’11 is currently employed as a nanny. “My education has helped me because I understand child development and can provide a learning-rich and nurturing environment for the children,” Ashley says.
Gina Piccolini '09 teaches elementary special education to students ages 5 to 8 at Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, Va. She cites unique student teaching experience at Jackson Miller and Huntingdon Senior High schools and an internship with Pa. State Senator Don White, a Juniata alum, as teaching her the aspects she most uses in her job today.
Dessie Schwentner ’11 is currently employed as an educator at an Early Childhood Education Center in State College, Pa. “Juniata's education program prepared me well for work in the education field,” Dessie says.
Andra Sipols '10 is employed as an English teacher at Juniata Valley High School. "I did my student teaching at JVHS which is essentially how I got a job there," Andra explains. "I would not be the educator I am today without the work of my education professors. The class sizes were small enough that I could build strong relationships with my professors, some of whom I still keep in close contact with since graduating. My professors worked hard to make sure we knew what teaching was truly about and how to do it the best way we could. They essentially made it close to impossible for me to be surprised when I had my own classroom--and so far, no surprises yet!"
Luke Waddell ’12 is employed as a high school math teacher at the Prince George County School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.