Master of Arts in Educational Psychology

Student Profiles

Marist College Brandi RippaName: Brandi Ripa

Year of Graduation: 2014

Previous Education (degree and institution): Mount Saint Mary College- BA Mathematics, Minor Psychology

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist:

I was always fond of Marist so when I saw they offered the Master of Arts in Educational Psychology program I thought it was a perfect opportunity to further my education at a wonderful school while still being able to have a full time job.

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development:

Because I am certified at the secondary level, I thoroughly enjoyed my middle school extension course with our instructor Ms. Michelle Simonetty. She currently teaches at the middle school level, and created an atmosphere that was welcoming, inspiring, and productive at helping me learn how to educate middle school students. Her course work was highly authentic, and lessons provided me with skills that I will one day take into my own classroom.

How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career:

I believe the education I received at Marist has not only provided me with a better understanding of students, human development, and effective teaching methods, but it also challenged my thinking on multicultural education and the changing dynamics of our world.

What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist:

I would highly recommend a student consider getting their Masters at Marist. If the program they are looking into has the hybrid option it’s a great opportunity to further their education at an excellent school, that offers a flexible schedule via the online courses, without putting you in enormous debt.


Christine Miroff Marist CollegeName:  Christine Miroff

Year of Graduation: 2014

Previous Education (degree and institution): Bernard M. Baruch College BBA, Marist – Certificate in Educational Psychology

Current Employer and Position: Arlington Central School District – Middle School Spanish Teacher

Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions:

After graduating from Baruch College I pursued a career as a Purchasing Manager in various industries, including; medical, non-profit and environmental engineering.  I took a break to become a full time stay at home mom to my two sons. I went back to work as an educator in the private sector in Dutchess County. I have been employed in the Public sector as a middle school  teacher for 3 years.

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist: 

In my opinion, Marist has the most qualified, knowledgeable and experienced professors. As a single parent and a full time teacher, I found that the Marist program worked very well for me in terms of convenience, flexibility and affordability. Also, the administrators and professors at Marist have been very supportive throughout my time at Marist.

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development:

One of the courses I took at Marist was “Instructional Strategies for Middle School Education”.  This course was taught by an experienced teacher who clearly had a passion for teaching.  In addition to inspiring me with her energy and commitment as an educator, she shared practical knowledge and  various  instructional tools that I have adapted in my own classroom

What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist:

The program at Marist is unique because of the quality and commitment of the professors.  Every class I have taken at Marist has made it possible for me to become a more effective educator. 

If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students?

I have found that the on line programs work very well for me and I have learned as much, if not more, compared to an on-campus class.  For example, the forums. In a classroom setting you have a group of students and instructor who gather to learn.  Sometimes, due to time constraints or other factors, sharing information and ideas may be limited. A forum provides a platform to  have access to all students and instructor in a manner that  you would not have in a classroom. All participants post  and everyone has  the ability to contribute. You do not have some of the limitations  found in a classroom, for example, time, weather conditions, commuting, etc. Online classes allow students and instructors to share experiences and resources that enhance the learning process. 


Lauren Clarke Marist College

Name: Lauren Clarke 

Year of Graduation: 2014

Hometown: Massapequa, NY

Previous Education (degree and institution): Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Special Education from Marist College 2013

Current Employer and Position: I am currently a substitute teacher in the Hyde Park Central School District and Poughkeepsie City School District. I am also employed as a college mathematics tutor through the Marist College Academic Learning Center.

Why did you choose Marist to further your education?

I chose to continue my education at Marist in order to have the opportunity to continue to learn from the resourceful professors at Marist and receive a quality education. I knew the Marist College Graduate Education program would fine tune my already developed teaching skills from my undergraduate experience, while also introducing me to new teaching strategies.

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development:

The Educational Assessment and Evaluation course has improved my knowledge of and ability to create various assessments. Assessment is an essential component of teaching for all grades, subjects, and types of students, and therefore I find this course especially valuable. This course has better prepared me to devise and implement formative and summative assessments and reflect on the value of different types of assessments.

How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career?

The coursework at Marist College has placed a focus on the Common Core State Standards and collaboration. Each course has helped me gain a better understanding of the Common Core State Standards and how to approach them in my teaching. Through my coursework I have also constantly collaborated with my peers in discussions and when completing assignments. Since knowledge of these standards and collaboration are two essential aspects of teaching today, the inclusion of these aspects in my coursework has enhanced my career.

What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist?

I recommend becoming employed in the teaching field, even if it is just part-time, while completing your coursework. Being in a classroom allows you to directly apply what you are learning in your coursework to the field. I also recommend carefully considering the different Graduate Education programs Marist offers based on your schedule and location. It is important to know that summer courses and online courses exist, and to meet with you advisor to plan a schedule most suitable for you!


Kaitlyn O'Malley Marist CollegeName: Kaitlyn O’Malley

Year of Graduation: 2014

Previous Education (degree and institution): Mount Saint Mary College Bachelors of Science Concentration in Mathematics with a certification in Secondary Education and Special Education

Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions: I came to Marist immediately after I graduated from Mount Saint Mary College. I worked at a Head Start program for four years as an assistant in the classroom. I also substituted, tutored, and work at a few day camps over the summer.

What are your career goals?

My career goal is to become a secondary mathematics teacher or a special education mathematics teacher.

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist:

Marist has a great reputation for their education program. It was conveniently located and offered a program that was flexible to my work schedule.

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development:

A course I took at Marist, “Instructional Strategies for Middle School Education,” was very meaningful to my professional development. Our professor, Michelle Simonetty, provided use with diverse instructional and curricular techniques and strategies we could use and apply into our middle school classrooms. This course helped me to investigate my own classroom management and organizational techniques and gave me tips and “take aways” that I could use in my future classroom.

How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career:

While I do not yet have a full time job teaching, the course work has been very beneficial to my career in substituting. I have done several leave replacements in the past couple of years and Marist has given me a ton of strategies, techniques, and information to help better my classes. It also has helped me to create a portfolio that I can bring to future interviews.

What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist:

I highly recommend pursuing your master’s degree at Marist. It will not be an “easy way out” but rather will challenge and push you exactly where you need to be pushed. The different programs are flexible, and the professors are great. If you are a hard worker and have great time management skills you will be a great candidate!

If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students?

The online classes were great… but you have to make sure you attend any tutorials they may have on Marist’s online program in your first semester. Once you get the hang of it, it is a breeze to work with. Make sure you take the time to learn about the online program since you will be submitting all your work and getting graded through it. Do not get overwhelmed, just take your time and make sure your time management skills are impeccable! 


Micaela Ethier Marist CollegeName: Micaela Ethier

Year of Graduation: 2015

Previous Education (degree and institution): BA in Mathematics with a Certificate in Education, Siena College

Current Employer and Position: Saratoga Central Catholic HS, Mathematics teacher

Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions: Before beginning my program at Marist, I completed my first year as a full time mathematics teacher at Saratoga Central Catholic HS.  This environment has allowed me to view both middle and high school aged students and gain valuable experience in the field.

What are your career goals?

Currently, my goal is to continue learning and building my experience as a teacher with both middle and high school aged students. In the future, I would eventually like to become an administrator of a middle or high school. 

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist:

During my first year of teaching, I found the usefulness of educational psychology in the classroom. Marist was able to offer a degree in which I had a strong interest in, as well as a program that leads to professional certification in NYS, which made this program a perfect fit for me. Also, the online program has allowed me to continue my education, while still being able to teach full time in Saratoga Springs.

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development:

All of the assignments and courses that I have taken at Marist have been very meaningful for me. However, an especially meaningful assignment for me was an Early Adolescent Media Project for my Early Adolescent Development course. This course allowed me to understand the role and impact that media has on adolescents today. As times change, the impact of technology changes as well, and it was interesting to see how classic novels and modern movies change and develop adolescents’ identities.

How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career:

This program has helped me to understand the whole child and apply this knowledge to my classroom daily.  Each course I take at Marist has been directly applicable to what I am doing everyday in the classroom, whether it be understanding assessment in a new way or viewing adolescents with a new light. Furthering my knowledge in Educational Psychology has helped me to also understand how to motivate my students further and help them to reach their full potential.

What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist:

My advice would be to be proactive in your assignments. Especially when working full time while working on your graduate degree, time management is more important than ever and it is crucial that you stay ahead on your work. 

If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students?

Since I am a part of the online program at Marist, iLearn (online courses) has become a part of my everyday life.  On iLearn, I have had the opportunity to discuss and debate with my colleaugeues, as well as view my gradebook, submit assignments, and review lessons. The online experience has been a very positive one, and it is one that I feel will help me in the future. When taking an online course, it is crucial that you develop valuable time management skills, as well as diligence and focus. Online courses have helped me develop these skills, as well as become more confident in myself as a student.


Name: Jesudoss KanikaiSamy

Year of Graduation: 2013

Previous Education (degree and institution): B.SC Physics-  St.Joseph’s College, Trichy. B.S. Ed – (Religious Education) Notredame of Marbel University, Philippines. B.Ed – (Physical Science Education), Tamil Nadu Teacher Education University, Chennai.

Why did you choose Marist:

Marist College offers the best education with an updated curriculum. The syllabus and the text books used along the course are up to date. The college provides a conducive and a homely environment for all the students regardless of our differences. As an International student, I have encountered teachers who treat you as though they knew me for the life time.

College faculties are friendly and available when I needed help regardless of academics or any other difficulties. As a whole, Marist College is a family and a home away from home.

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development:

In the Educational Research course, I decided to do a qualitative research based on community psychology principles. The research was an enjoyable learning experience and exciting to learn all the steps involved in a research work. The religious communities were analyzed from five different countries and the research result seems to help all those communities. I have a letter from the Provincial (Head of all the Marist Institutes) appreciating the person (Dr.Szabo) who guided me to conduct such a timely research.

Tell us a little about your internship experience:

I took an internship at Mount Saint Michael Academy; I was “shadowing” the directors of student counseling center. It was an enriching experience to practice the listening skills and to know the difficulties of the adolescent students. It was heart breaking experience to realize the emotional pain of the victims of Bullying. It was very easy to read and produce papers on bullying during academic curricular activities at the College, but to actually listen from the firsthand experience of a child was really an eye-opener. It challenged me personally to develop zero tolerance for bullying and alarmed me about the vital need to create a healthy atmosphere for the children at our schools.

How has a degree from Marist enhanced your career:

The Marist institution around the world serves 65,000 young people every year. The degree offered at the College, has empowered me with an updated knowledge to meet the challenges of educating the youth of today. Particularly, my director, Dr.Szabo was an amazing woman to provide all the materials and articles that I needed to read and to know the content well and to be confident about it. She is a woman with a heart that knows no bounds to help her students.

Dr. Amity Currie was another woman who enabled me to draw a self-regulatory plan when I was still exploring the American educational practices. She carefully took me aside and sowed the seed of confidence in me that I could be one of those honors students.  

I believe that these two women with lots of love and concern carefully trained me to be an effective educator to reach out to all the children regardless of their needs and abilities with zeal and contempt.

What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist:

Believe in your teachers and believe in yourself. Your teachers at Marist College would never, ever let you be the losers. They will challenge you, mold you and send you out to the world equipping yourself with all the professional skills you needed to face the world and the challenges it poses and to be the winner in the end. 


 

 

Patrick Boyd Marist CollegeName: Patrick Boyd

Why did you choose Marist:

I attended Marist College as an undergraduate and had a wonderful experience. I chose to continue my education at Marist because of this positive experience and the flexibility that my graduate program offers. I have been able to complete most of my course work online, which has been very beneficial. I am currently working at Highland Central School District as a Special Education Teacher where I am consistently using the knowledge and ideas gained from my courses to help me become a more successful teacher. I have increased my understanding of the New York State Teaching Standards as well as best practices. The Marist College professors also stress the importance of utilizing technology in the classroom, which continues to be an essential aspect of learning for all students.

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