Hometown: Pearl River
“Since I was seven years old, I have known that I wanted to be a teacher. The many opportunities afforded to me by the STAC School of Education to work hands on with students have truly confirmed and strengthened my passion for education.”
Shannon Davin chose St. Thomas Aquinas College in order to be a part of its Childhood Education program. “I had heard nothing but amazing things about the School of Education at St. Thomas Aquinas, so I decided that I wanted to be a part of that,” says Shannon.
Shannon is a transfer student, having attended a school in upstate New York for the first semester of her freshman year. “Everyone at St. Thomas Aquinas College was incredibly helpful throughout the entire transfer process, especially the School of Education. I was immediately scheduled to meet with the Dean of the School of Education in order to discuss scheduling for the upcoming semester. I was shocked that she would take time out of her busy schedule to meet with me, but I have come to realize that her helpfulness at that time was representative of the entire department’s willingness to help.”
Throughout the course of each semester, Shannon conducts field observations in an elementary classroom on Fridays. “Thanks to my field experiences, I have learned a lot about the way children think and learn, how to successfully manage a classroom, and so much more! I come home smiling every Friday knowing that I chose to pursue a career that I will love,” says Shannon.
In addition to fieldwork, Shannon has participated in multiple events coordinated by the College, including the Rockland Literacy Extravaganza, a Read-In at a local school, and working as an intern at the college’s summer STEM Camp program. “These experiences have allowed me to make connections with students, parents, teachers, and principals throughout the area. Not only is that very rewarding, but it will be helpful when I begin searching for jobs as well,” explains Shannon.
Shannon plans to return to St. Thomas Aquinas College after graduating to pursue a Master’s Degree in Special Education. “I cannot wait to begin working as a teacher and implementing all of the skills I have gained throughout my time at St. Thomas Aquinas College,” says Shannon.