David McCormack is a 2021 graduate of the College of Education with a degree in Special Education. He was a part of the Illinois Leadership Center's I-Program. We talked with David about his experiences after graduation.
Q: Where are you working?
A: Lincoln Jr. High School in Naperville, Illinois.
Q: What is your role or position?
A: I am a 6th-grade Learning Behavior Specialist.
Q: How long have you been in this position?
A: This is my second year in this position.
Q: How did the College of Education prepare you to succeed in your current role?
A: The first year of teaching is a lot thrown at you, but thankfully I felt that the College of Education had prepared me well and helped put me in a position to succeed in the classroom. The classes and school placements were applicable to what I am currently doing and gave me confidence and knowledge of the world of being a teacher.
Q: Is there anything you miss about the College of Education?
A: I definitely miss the professors and advisors who were always supporting us and helping us grow. Plus, the campus in the fall is hard to beat!
Q: What are your future career or educational goals?
A: I hope to stay in special education and continue to learn, grow, and help my students learn/be the best people they can be. Specifically, students with disabilities transitioning out of school and into jobs is an area that I'm passionate about. I am open and interested in attending grad school and exploring different settings.
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