Isabella Bartels

B.A. in Secondary Education, English & ESL

Curriculum and Instruction

  • 2018, William & Mary Bachelor of Arts, Secondary English Education with a minor in Psychology
  • 2018, William & Mary Dual Certification, ESL Education

Describe your career in education.
I have worked as a teaching assistant at Williamsburg Campus Childcare for 2.5 years (currently work there). From 2012 - 2016, I have spent summers working at a New York City education nonprofit called the GO Project, both as a teaching assistant and as the Community Engagement Intern supervising a ninth grade volunteers’ pilot program.

Why did you decide to enroll in the Curriculum and Instruction degree program at W&M?
I decided to enroll in Curriculum & Instruction because I have planned to teach secondary English since I was twelve years old. I never really considered any other career paths, and so I wanted to enroll in a college that would let me pursue that goal. Though my eventual career goal is to become a principal, my immediate goal is to be in the classroom. As soon as I saw William & Mary’s School of Education, I knew that the Curriculum & Instruction department would help me get there.

What sets this degree program apart from those offered at other colleges?
William & Mary’s School of Education is unique because of the hands-on experience I get as an undergraduate. I am lucky enough to be able to take classes with and student teach alongside Master’s candidates. Many other schools did not offer undergraduate education work that included such comprehensive field experience. I also liked the engagement the School of Education has with the Williamsburg community. I feel closely connected with teachers, families, and school staff despite coming from out of state. 

What are your career plans after graduation – how will the degree program help you to reach your career goals?
After graduation, I plan to teach high school English in my hometown of New York City. I grew up in the New York City public school system and I hope to join that system as a teacher, and eventually as an administrator. My degree will provide me with competitive tools, experiences, and confidence to join the ranks of a large school district. Moreover, though, my courses and field experiences under the guidance of the Curriculum & Instruction department has cemented my passion for teaching in my own community. The education community in Williamsburg is very closely connected, and I look forward to being a part of a similar community after graduation. 
What should prospective students know about the W&M School of Education’s degree programs?
Prospective students should not discount the undergraduate program in Curriculum & Instruction! For students who are committed to teaching and want to get into the field as soon as possible, it offers a substantial program of studies. I know when I graduate, I will be fully prepared to be in the classroom.

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Secondary Education, EnglishESL/Bilingual Education