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National Service Scholar Haydee Naula and Columbia University's Teachers College

Haydee Naula '12 • Columbia University's Teachers College


 "If you still have that itch that you need to keep on going and do more, a program in Teachers College would be the right fit for you.”

Haydee Naula is studying art education at the Teachers College, Columbia University. Teachers College is ranked among the nation’s best graduate school of education. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 Haydee was faced with the decision of whether to join the Peace Corps, Teach for America, or City Year. At the time it seemed like City Year was making practical and worthwhile changes in the lives of the students that City Year served in Haydee’s home city of New York. She thought City Year would be a good fit because of her interest in learning more about the public school system and she wanted to gain the skills necessary for community building. Haydee decided to serve with City Year New York to expand her knowledge of her city in a different social context.

As a corps member, Haydee had the opportunity to be involved in "YOUth for Queens", a service day project hosted on the playground of her school, P.S. 112. She enjoyed the collaboration between the City Year teams in Queens, the schools, and the community. It gave her students the opportunity to take ownership of their service projects. "The pride they had, knowing that their hard work would be seen and used within their LIC community, made the entire event worthwhile,” says Haydee.   

Through her City Year, Haydee volunteered with Materials for the Arts. The organization collects supplies from businesses and individuals and makes the donations available to art programs and schools. Her experience with this organization eventually led to an internship and an interest in art education. After City Year, Haydee was left with a need to keep on going and do more, so Haydee applied to Teachers College in order to learn the connection between art education and the development of children thinking critically and creatively.

Haydee recommends Teacher’s College to anyone who wants to develop dynamic and engaging teaching skills.

"If you still have that itch that you need to keep on going and do more, a program in Teachers College would be the right fit for you,” says Haydee. After Teachers College Haydee would like to work in a museum setting and create a deeper relationship between communities and art.

There were challenging days during Haydee’s year of service where she asked herself "Why am I even serving?” During these moments she would look at the notes her students had given her and reflect on the appreciations from her team. Haydee advises to current corps members, "be patient. Great changes take time to develop.”   

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