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Hello! My name is Maggie (she/her) and I am a junior at NYU Steinhardt with a major in Early Childhood and Special Education. In addition to being an Admissions Ambassador, I student teach twice a week as a part of my degree program. Here is a typical Thursday in my life!
6:55 am

My alarm goes off bright and early so I can make it to my student teaching placement in Brooklyn by 8:00 am. After a quick morning routine and some coffee, I’m on my way to the L train for my commute. Last night I finished up a lesson plan and packed myself a lunch, so I feel ready for a day of teaching!

Maggie takes a selfie on the way to the train
Heading to the train!
8:30 am

After a short meeting and some classroom prep with my amazing mentor teacher, my students show up! I’m currently teaching in a Pre-Kindergarten classroom at a public school in Williamsburg. The morning goes by quickly as I help students unpack and begin morning activities. We have a fun class meeting in which we greet each other, celebrate a birthday, and sing a few songs, before breaking into small groups where I oversee an art activity. Soon it’s time to walk my students to physical education and use the short break to prepare for a read-aloud.

10:45 am

Next, the students return from a short recess and I read them the book “Signs of Spring”. I’ve created a lesson plan for this activity for one of my classes, Foundations of Literacy Development. It’s awesome that so many of my academic assignments relate directly to student teaching. The read-aloud goes well and the students have independent center time before their lunch.

A teacher reading a picture book.
Reading to my students
2:45 pm

Now, the rest of the school day passes in a blur of rest time, my lunch break, small group work, and an exciting trip to the playground. I teach at my placement twice a week, so I’m very familiar with the routine. Before I know it, it’s time to head home.

A child's hand and a block structure.
One of my students created this cool, symmetrical structure with blocks!
3:55 pm

I log on to a Discord shift for Admissions Ambassadors. It’s so fun to chat with admitted students in the class of 2027 and answer their questions!

5:00 pm

It’s time for a zoom meeting for “Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education.” I have this class with my fellow cohort members once a week to discuss our placements. Today we’re talking about things that surprised us at our schools and combating ableism in the classroom. I eat a quick dinner and start to walk to the Paulson Center for my last class.

7:00 pm

It’s time for one of my favorite classes: University Singers! I auditioned for this choir on a whim this semester, and love having a musical outlet in my pretty rigorous schedule this semester. We’re currently preparing for a concert in May, so we spend the two-hour rehearsal going over our repertoire and learning new music! 

My choir, the University Singers.
9:25 pm

Finally, I’m home for the night! Time to unwind, watch some tv or read, and get ready for my campus tour shift tomorrow. Thank you for spending the day with me!

Maggie (she/her) is a senior at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development studying Early Childhood and Special Education, with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Originally from Southern California, Maggie is currently a student teacher working with elementary schoolers and adores the time she spends in the classroom. In addition to being an Admissions Ambassador and serving as a Community Supervisor, she is the co-president of Kesher: Reform Jews at NYU, and the Vice President of the NYU Hillel Student Executive Board. When she isn’t on campus or in the classroom, she loves to read, crochet, play music, sing in a choir, and see musicals with her friends.