Class of 2017
Kate Berger ’17 is an Education Studies Minor from Newton, Massachusetts. She was a camp counselor before attending Bates and was inspired to take EDU 231: Perspectives on Education. She loved her freshman year field placement in a middle school literacy classroom and continued the placement for a full year after the course ended. When she took the course African Perspectives of Human Rights, Justice, and Renewal, she began a new community engaged placement at Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services. There she helped in beginner ESL classes and taught English as a second language. When she returned from abroad after fall of her juior year, she took a position at Patti Buck’s Research Assistant, and wrote lesson plans for the weekend ESL classes at MIRS. This past summer, she completed a teaching fellowship at MIRS, and taught Monday through Friday at MIRS with a wide range of students. She culminated her minor through writing about her experiences at MIRS as part of the Education Capstone course. According to Kate, the relationships with the Education Department faculty have been the best part of her minor: they were great mentors to her inside and outside of the classroom. MIRS inspired Kate to continue teaching ESL after graduation. She has applied for the Fulbright ETA program as well as AmeriCorps.
Adam Rintell “17 is an Education Studies Minor from Brookline, Massachusetts. Adam was originally drawn to the field of education because both his grandparents and parents were teachers. The strong emphasis on community engagement inspired Adam to pursue the Education minor at Bates. Since his freshman year, Adam has volunteered at Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services (MIRS). Adam prepares individuals for the U.S. Citizenship Test by teaching the citizenship classes and conducting practice interviews. Adams favorite class at Bates was EDU 290: Education Internship because it was a hands-on course with built in feedback and support. He describes his internship at MIRS as a time when he learned more about responsibility and how to be an adult. His work at MIRS also complemented his interest in U.S. History and Politics. After graduating from Bates, Adam will pursue a full time position in the financial group of a Biotech company. He hopes to enter this position with an open mind and seeks to apply the skills he gained through his education courses and placements to his position.