Young Alumni Spotlight
Caela Provost '10
Major: English, Music Theater
Employer: Chatham Day School, Education in Ireland
Alumni on campus between 2006 and 2010 were likely to have crossed paths with Caela Provost. She was involved in a wide range of activities, from singing in several Marist choirs and playing alto saxophone in the band to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and working in the student financial services office. We caught up recently with Caela to talk about her life since graduation.
Marist Alumni Office (MAO): Tell us about your teaching job.
Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
Caela Provost (CP) : I started in September as a full-time assistant teacher at Chatham Day School, an independent school for preschool through grade eight in Chatham Township, New Jersey. I’m working with third and fourth graders. The school is small by design and the environment is very nurturing. My job allows me to really connect to the students and learn not only about their academic goals but also their extracurricular endeavors. I absolutely love it so far!
MAO: That’s a sought-after position. How did you land the job?
CP: Today’s kids are growing up in a globalized environment, and teachers have the opportunity to deepen students' understanding of the world. Marist certainly gave me the opportunity to broaden my world view. During the spring of my junior year, I spent a semester abroad at University of Limerick and I fell in love with Ireland. So, I went back to Ireland in 2012 to get my master’s in English.
During my time abroad, I became a student ambassador with Education in Ireland, which promotes study abroad at Irish colleges and universities. I believe that my international experience, alongside my teaching experience and innate desire to help others achieve their dreams, helped me stand out as a candidate.
MAO: What do you enjoy most about your job?
CP: Teaching at Chatham Day School is nothing less than a joy: because of the small, intimate class settings and the emphasis on teaching “the child not the group,” I have been able to grow as an educator, mentor, and speaker all while helping my students become the best active learners and citizens they can be.
MAO: Do you keep in contact with any Marist faculty, staff, roommates, etc.?
CP: I do, yes! I have kept in contact with co-workers from the financial aid office, as well as professors in the English and music departments. I have remained friends with several Red Foxes from Band and Singers, especially those in Tau Beta Sigma (the honorary music sorority). And, since my move to New Jersey, I now live just 10 minutes from my best friend from Marist! We Red Foxes have to stick together!
MAO: What advice do you have for Marist students or alumni who are interested in getting into your line of work?
CP: Take full advantage of a “gap” year. After graduation from Marist, I wasn’t sure of my plans for grad school so I volunteered with AmeriCorps. I had the opportunity to coordinate a team helping high school students looking at college options and adults looking for work in what was, and still is, a difficult economy in north central Massachusetts (where I grew up) to explore career options and prepare for jobs. I believe that volunteering in a leadership position – especially in an area you feel passionate about -- is a great way to boost your employability. It gives you a chance to show that you’re a reliable and creative problem solver and team player, which are valuable skills in any career.
Also, go abroad if you can! While you’re there, take the opportunity to explore and travel. I came back from studying in Ireland a more independent, self-sufficient, and confident individual. I learned how to trust my instincts and adapt quickly to change. These qualities not only helped differentiate me from other candidates; they made me a better teacher.
I’m happy to talk to any fellow Red Fox thinking about study abroad (although I am obviously partial to Ireland!).
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