Lauren Jewett '09
Company: KIPP McDonogh 15 Primary School for the Creative Arts
Title: Special Education Teacher/Case Manager
Field of Work: Education
What do you do?
I work at a school in the French Quarter as a special education teacher. I teach students who have different disabilities such as autism, a specific learning disability (math, writing, reading), and other health impairments.
How did you become interested in your field?
I participated as a 2009 corps member in Teach for America when I graduated from the University of Rochester. I had never been to New Orleans before I moved here to teach, and my time spent in the classroom has made me committed to being a teacher as a profession.
What skills are vital for success in your field?
Organization, collaboration, flexibility, empathy and relationship-building, and patience are the skills that I have found to be that are most important as an educator.
What experiences, internships, study, or previous jobs helped you get to your current position?
I served as a political science teaching assistant as a junior and helping students be successful definitely helped me see how you can make an impact. I also feel that my majors in political science and history have been a great benefit in understanding social and economic policies and how they affect my students, families, and the community I work with.
What advice do you have for current students interested in your field?
Teaching is a really hard and exhausting job, but it is extremely rewarding. I have many friends who are much more well-off in the types of fields and jobs they work in, but they also tell me that their jobs are not very intellectually challenging. I never get that with teaching. Teaching is a very intellectually, mentally, and emotionally stimulating job and your impact lives on in your students and families. I never get bored with what I get to do all day.