In this photo, my mentor teacher is to the left, and I am to the right. For legal reasons, the faces of the students are covered. Nevertheless, I have chosen to cover them with stars because each student in the class is bound to be a shining star. They are absolutely brilliant, and I wish them the best in their future endeavors.


Garfield High School’s “Tomorrow’s Teachers” partners with Fairleigh Dickinson University to offer information from the “Intro to Professional Practices in Education” course, as well as allow students to enter the professional world through the field experience portion of the program.  This portfolio follows my time interning in Mrs. Campomizzi’s first-grade classroom at Woodrow Wilson School Number 5. The field experience lasted from early January to early April, and during that time I was able to teach two complete lessons.

I am beyond thankful that I was able to take part in this program, not only because it has allowed me to develop a greater appreciation for education, but because it allowed me to enter the beautiful environment my mentor has created for her students. As these students learned to use tens and ones, I was learning how they learn. Everyone in the room was flying into learning in a different way.

Before my internship I had only seen the magic of education unfold within the walls of Garfield High School or at my aunt’s dining room table, teaching about math and pedagogy. However, as a result of this internship, I had the opportunity to travel back into my first-grade years through new eyes: a teacher’s eyes.