Pauline J. Thomas
Pauline J. Thomas, a long-term substitute 10th grade math teacher at Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter High School, received her B.S. in Chemistry at Drexel, so continuing her education at the School of Education was a natural choice. Once enrolled, she found herself learning from personable professors who showed her new approaches to teaching.
“Since I am teaching math, I learned math skills and techniques that I didn’t have before,” Thomas says.
Thomas says what she liked best about her courses was “the professionalism of the professors and the one-on-one. Because the classes were small, I felt the professors got to know me and helped me in the areas that needed improvement.”
Thomas also says the fact that the classes were not lectured really helped her learn. The professors put learning into the students’ hands, according to Thomas, and was a great motivator because it helped her really get involved.
The value of her education extended far beyond what was learned in the classroom.
“From my student teaching, I was able to become temporarily employed with Philadelphia Electrical and Technology High School,” Thomas says. “I was able to fill in for a position that opened up after I completed my student teaching.”
Thomas says that her goal is to secure a full-time teaching position in secondary education (7th-12th grade), preferably in an inner-city school.