CLARK — Suzanne Hamilton, a seventh grade English teacher at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark, was recently featured in a panel discussion presentation at Seton Hall University. The event, which took place on Oct. 8 at the South Orange campus, was designed to provide undergraduate secondary education majors with information on how to make the most of their internships and what to expect during the job search.
Hamilton, who graduated from Seton Hall University, was honored to be identified as a successful Seton Hall alumna. The panelists provided advice to the junior and senior education majors in regards to how they can make the most of their student-teaching internships.
Hamilton’s suggestion for the future college-graduates was to be present within the communities in which they are going to be teachers. “Do not approach your field experiences and new career opportunities with the mindset that your work-day ends at 3 p.m.,” Hamilton told the audience, “you must realize that in order to be an exceptional teacher, you must be willing to go above and beyond what your job description states for the children that sit in your classrooms.”
Hamilton explained that in addition to teaching classes, many teachers, like her, provide extra credit, coach sports, advise clubs, administer home instruction, and attend nighttime activities within the district and community.
Overall, the panel discussion provided Seton Hall’s undergraduates with some valuable advice and insights that they may carry into their internships and future teaching careers.
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