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James Goosey graduated in December of 2003 with a degree in secondary education with a social studies concentration. He is currently working as the graduate assistant for the Assessment and Accreditation Committee at SUNY Plattsburgh while working towards his master's in adolescent literacy.
"It is amazing to sit in a room of 19 other people who are making the same journey you are, and that you might be team-teaching with them someday."
"From writing cover letters and creating lesson plans, to working with parents and colleagues, SUNY Plattsburgh's teacher preparation is outstanding. One of the major focuses of the education department is the integration of technology into the classroom. "There have been many people that have helped me along my journey in academia. Professor J.W. Wiley has made such a difference in my experience at SUNY Plattsburgh. As a professor, a mentor, and a boss, J.W. consistently helped me to become who I am as a person, not to mention his influence on me as a teacher.
"I also have to thank Dr. Heidi Schnackenberg. Dr. Schnackenberg has helped me so much during my time here as an undergraduate as well as a graduate student. She helped me find my job, which paid for my tuition, and was there always with a smile and advice if I needed it.
"As for my friends, they too have influenced me. Two of my best friends are people that I met at the freshman orientation. None of us knew it then, but we would become the best of friends. Chelsea Quinn, '03, is working in Alaska with a company that works very closely with SUNY Plattsburgh's anthropology department. Anne Kelly, '03, recently moved back to the area, but will be moving to Seattle to work on her master's degree. The memories I have of our time in Plattsburgh, at the risk of sounding cliche, are truly some of the best in my life."
"The small classes, the professors, the influence of art on campus, living in the dorms, living off campus, spring in the Adirondacks, winter in the Adirondacks, the Saranac river that flows on the edge of campus, the people, Montreal, Burlington... I could go on. I love it here.
"If you like the outdoors, we have ice climbing trips and sea kayaking courses. If you value your education, we have professors that will help you along your journey. If you like to help people, there is an Alternative Spring Break or tutoring possibilities. If you like sports, there is nothing like a Plattsburgh Hockey game, especially against Oswego."
"William Butler Yeats said "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." While you are here, take classes that you would have never thought to take. College is not about getting the easy A; all that does is fill the pail."
If you would like more information about M.S.T. adolescence education programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Robert Ackland, Ph.D.
Professor, Teacher Education Unit
Program Area Coordinator, M.S.T. Graduate Programs
Office: Sibley Hall 200C
Phone: (518) 564-5131
If you would like more information about the combined B.A./M.S.T. adolescence education programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Mark Beatham, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Teacher Education Unit
Program Leader, Combined B.A./M.S.T. Adolescence Programs
Office: Sibley 418A
Phone: (518) 564-5142
Fax: (518) 564-2149