Jaclyn Proulx '11
I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was in 8th grade, and up until freshman year of high school I had intended to teach math. I had an amazing English teacher my freshman year of high school, though, and she turned me on to English. Ever since, I have loved writing and reading.
I chose UNE because of many different reasons. I really love the location and I enjoy the small class sizes and friendly atmosphere. I think it is really important to be more than just a number at a school, and at UNE that is definitely the case — professors always know all of their students’ names within the first few weeks. Finally, I chose UNE because it seemed like a good-sized school, with kind, intelligent people, and it offered a great academic culture in which I knew I could thrive.
The most important internship experience for me was definitely my student teaching experience in the second semester of my senior year. Every day for the entire semester, I went to Kennebunk High School and observed a fabulous English teacher. She mentored me and was extremely helpful to me as an interning teacher.
I was also able to talk with and observe other English teachers in the department, which provided me with invaluable understanding and learning of the profession. Because of this internship, I am teaching at Kennebunk High School as a full-time English teacher. I am 100% positive that I would not be in this amazing position without my internship that spring.