Profile by: Katie Bevilacqua (’20)
Who is Sarah Niez?
Sarah is a teacher’s aide in the Bronxville school district where she is doing what she loves every day.
Sarah has known she has wanted to be a teacher since she was young. Therefore, she decided to studied Childhood Education with a concentration in English during her time at Pace:
“Literature was always open for interpretation and had the ability to spark great dialogues….I enjoyed writing and being able to express what was on my mind or arguing a point with research and evidence.”
After undergraduate work here at Pace she went on to complete her masters here as well while teaching in a school as an aide. In her free time Sarah enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with friends and family, spending time at the beach, and traveling.
Sarah started her schooling at the University of Massachusetts but they did not have the program she was looking for. She liked the childhood education program Pace had to offer. She also liked the size of Pace and the location. She was close enough to home but also still close to the city and other areas of interest.
Sarah has had many accomplishments but is most proud of keeping her grades up and being on the Dean’s list each semester. This showed her that she could do anything she set her mind to.
Benefits of an Education Background
Having a background in education not only helps you in a classroom but also helps you understand and work with all types of people outside the classroom as well. She states she has learned to understand that every kid is different and as a teacher you need to work through this with them in order to get through to them. In the case of interacting with adults, this background can also help you. Sarah states
“Adults are big kids, so understanding how different and unique their life experiences are, mixed with the diverse ways they learn/ interpret information, is key in being tolerant and having patience towards others.”
Sarah is currently working as teacher’s aide in the Bronxville school district. She hopes to move on and hopefully have her own classroom soon so she can continue to grown and flourish as an individual. Sarah loves her profession so much because it is truly rewarding every day. She plans to continue to grow as an individual and get as much experience as possible so she can soon move onto her next stage in her profession.
Advice to Future Educators
Sarah stresses the idea that getting experience in many different settings can be very helpful to the growth of an individual studying to be a teacher.