|Career Partner Spotlight: Chelsea Rivas and Urban Teachers|
Chelsea Rivas '12, '13 • Urban Teacher Center '17
"I truly feel like City Year laid a firm foundation for my teaching career.”
City Year was the perfect opportunity for Chelsea to gain
more experience in education before committing to a teacher preparation or
graduate school program. Her experience with City Year led her to the decision
to begin a career in teaching. She was discouraged by the struggles and
challenges teachers faced in their first year.
From seeing other people’s experiences, Chelsea realized that she did not
just want to be thrown into teaching with no formal training or coaching. "I
was drawn to apply to Urban Teacher Center because it seemed like they gave
their teachers a lot of support before actually giving them the responsibility
of their own classroom, and that is just how I feel being in the program now,”
says Chelsea. She took six courses over the summer and interned at a summer
school in the mornings. She is now a co-teacher, and is given support in the
classroom from a fourth year UTC member. Chelsea is also supported by an
experienced coach that helps her grow as a teacher and prepare Chelsea for her
Chelsea still refers back to the skills she gained through
her City Year Columbia experience as both a Corps Member and Team Leader. She
gained leadership skills that are necessary to being a part of her UTC
cohort. Thanks to her experiences as a
team leader she is now able to confront conflict with professionalism. She is
able to handle coaching and feedback, which she struggled with before City
Year. She has already seen the impact her two years of service have on her as a
teacher. She is now able to be flexible and change her teaching practice based
on observing other teachers and their best practices. "I truly feel like City
Year laid a firm foundation for my teaching career,” says Chelsea.
Chelsea highly recommends then UTC program to City Year alumni who are interested in pursuing a masters degree in teaching through a teacher position program. Through UTC you earn a dual Masters in Education in Special Education and either Elementary or Secondary Education for free. Participants are given a supported teaching experience with trainings and resources before entering their own classroom.
After UTC Chelsea plans to continue teaching in the communities with the highest need. She one day would like to move into education administration in order to make big whole school changes.
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