ECHO Assistant Director of Education
"If I could use one word to describe my experience at ECHO Inquiry Science in the Schools (ISS) project> I would, but there is no way I can simply choose a single phrase. This practicum has pushed me in ways I didn't think were possible, I was challenged on a daily basis to understand new material, utilize inquiry science, and provide a vital learning experience to six different classes of third grade students. I was forced to analyze my own disappointing experience with elementary science and harness that energy to create a positive and successful learning environment for the students placed under my care. Looking back on my semester and the time I spent with this program I can confidently say that if given the opportunity I would gladly repeat it; not to say that this was an easy course by any means, but because of the hard work and dedication I have come out on the other end feeling that much more prepared to become a professional teacher.
One of the biggest reasons I decided to become a teacher was the fact that I knew I could make a difference. In high school I spent two weeks in the Amazon Jungle in Peru working at a school. If I could make changes happen for these kids in just two weeks, the possibilities would be endless of what I could do with a class in a year. I have gained so much from this program; confidence, teaching strategies, content, and most importantly a new found love for science. I have never been more excited to take what I have learned and use it. I have the opportunity to be a great teacher, and ECHO has played a significant role in this endeavor. Students will continue to graduate from Saint Michael's College and become very talented teachers, but not many will be able to understand the experience I have had with ECHO and how it has completely prepared me for the professional world of teaching."
- Jackie Stacey,
St. Michael's College Pre-Service Teacher