Christine Miroff is a member of Marist's M.A. in Educational Psychology Class of 2014. She holds a BA from Bernard M. Baruch College and is employed by the Arlington Central School District as a 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 online 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.
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Educational Psychology
Academic School: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Campus: New York