Voices from the Field

When: Monday, February 3, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: SED, Room 130

Learn valuable insight into the interview process and getting hired. The evening will include a welcome by Dean Coleman, a presentation on preparing for the job search by Professor Bryson, followed by a Q&A session with a panel of recent graduates, eager to share their job search experiences and lessons learned.

Submit questions for the recent graduates panel in advance by e-mailing questions to sedstdt@bu.edu.

Register today.

Preparing your materials:

  • Resumes 101: Learn the difference between functional and chronological resumes, and how best to get started.
  • Breaking Down Your Cover Letter: From salutation to sign-off, dig into our interactive sample letter.
  • ePortfolio: BU offers valuable ePortfolio resources and directions on how to create your own ePortfolio.

These resources will be helpful to you as your start your job search process:

Presenter Bios

  • Dr. Hardin Coleman has spent his career as an educator focused on helping adolescents become effectively engaged citizens. After starting as a religion teacher, counselor, and coach at Quaker Schools in the Philadelphia area and a year teaching at the Shanghai Teachers University in China, Dr. Coleman earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology with a focus on multicultural counseling. He then spent 17 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he trained school counselors, produced research on the role of cultural identity in student achievement, and rose to the position of Associate Dean of Outreach and Multicultural Initiatives in the School of Education.
    Since 2008 he has served as Dean in the School of Education at Boston University. In his time at BU he has helped the school to focus on its role of using research to improve the practice of education, preparing educators who are leaders in their schools, and meeting the needs of practicing educators through effective professional development. Dr. Coleman is deeply involved in the improvement of educational opportunities within the Boston area through his service on the External Advisory Council on School Assignment as well as advisory board membership for EdVestors and FUEL – non-profits that are driving change in urban education. He is a Fellow in the Society of Counseling Psychology and has numerous publications.
  • Jennifer Bryson, a former classroom teacher in the Chelsea Public Schools, specializes in the professional preparation of elementary education teachers. Her responsibilities include coordination and supervision of student teachers in the Elementary Education program and the student-teaching abroad programs in London, England; Sydney, Australia; and Quito, Ecuador. She also facilitates the elementary prepracticum placements for juniors and graduate students. In addition, Ms. Bryson teaches Language Arts methods, courses on urban education, leads field seminars on classroom management, and facilitates a book club entitled “Dads” Read at the Edward Monroe Trotter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Ms. Bryson directs the Teacher-to-Teacher mentoring initiative that supports SED Elementary Education graduates during their first few years of teaching and works closely with students during the job search. Her research interests include exemplary teaching, urban education, family literacy, and intervention for struggling readers. Ms. Bryson coauthored a chapter on writing and poetry in Learning to Write, Writing to Learn: Theory and Research in Practice, following her work as a lead teacher at the Boston University Poetry Institute for Educators.

Panelist Bios

  • Eva Gach (CAS ’13, SED ’13) is a 9-12 Social Studies teacher at Windham High School in Windham, NH. There, she teaches Cultural Foundations to freshmen (a co-taught humanities course that “marries” English and History by studying similar themes in World History and literature) and Economics to sophomores through seniors. Eva completed her student teaching at Wimbledon College in London, England in 2012. She graduated in May 2013 with a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Social Studies Education. While Eva misses the city and Boston University, she loves New Hampshire and is enjoying every minute of her first year teaching.
  • Meredith Hefez (SED ’13) graduated from the School of Education at Boston University with her Master of Education degree in School Counseling in 2013. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland at College Park in 2008. In her second year at SED, Meredith fulfilled her counseling practicum requirement at Hopkinton High School and then began working fulltime as a guidance counselor at Nipmuc Regional High School in August of 2013. NRHS is located in Upton, Massachusetts and serves about 700 students in grades 9 through 12 living in Upton and Mendon. Her work with students and families focuses on college and career planning, personal and social development, and academic advising. With a caseload of about 220 students, her first year as a guidance counselor has been both a challenging and meaningful learning experience.
  • Dave Hurley graduated with a B.A. from Bates College in 2005 and received his Ed.M. in Counseling and Sport Psychology from Boston University in 2009. He is currently a fifth year doctoral student in Counseling andSport Psychology at SED. While currently finishing his doctorate, he is working as a faculty teaching fellow in the Psychology Department at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. Dave also works as a sport psychology consultant to the athletic department at Stonehill. Dave’s research focuses on how youth sport coaches are trained to teach and incorporate psychosocial skills into their coaching. Before returning to graduate school, Dave worked at several non-profits in the New England area, focused on using sports as a tool for positive physical and psychosocial development in children. Dave also consults with youth, high school, and collegiate athletes, as well as coaches and referees, conducting both large, group workshops and one-on-one sessions.
  • Robert Mahoney graduated from the School of Education at Boston University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education and a minor in Political Science. During his time at BU, he student-taught at North Quincy High School and also worked in the Newton Public School system as a member of the Instructional Support Staff during his senior year. Following graduation, he was hired as a sixth grade Geography teacher in the Melrose Public Schools system, and is currently in his second year in that same position.
  • Caroline Rende currently serves as the Office Manager for the Office of the President at Fisher College in Boston, MA. In this role, Caroline manages the operations of the Office of the President and serves as the primary administrative contact and liaison for internal and external constituents. Caroline also serves on the President’s Administrative and Executive Council, represents the President on key college committees and in external events, plans and executes presidential events, and coordinates visits and meetings of the Board of Trustees. Caroline earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Sociology from Providence College in Providence, RI. in May 2011. In May 2012, she earned her Master of Education degree from Boston University in Policy, Planning and Administration with a focus on Higher Education Administration. While at BU, Caroline functioned as the Graduate Assistant in the Graduate Admissions Office at Boston University’s School of Education. In her spare time, Caroline serves as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors for the Boston Police Foundation, a member of the Education Leadership Program Advisory Board at Boston University, and as a member of the New England Council Higher Education Committee.
  • Mina Vahedi graduated from the School of Education at Boston University in 2011 after finishing the Elementary Education program. During her time at BU, she was involved in BU Admissions, SED Dean’s Hosts, the Community Service Center and a dance group called Vibes, among other things. She also completed her full-time student teaching abroad in Sydney, Australia. After graduating, she worked for a year as an aide in a Kindergarten classroom in Arlington, MA. She currently enrolled in a Master of Education program at BU for Reading Education. Since the Fall 2012, she has been teaching Kindergarten at the Wellington Elementary School in Belmont, MA and absolutely loves it!

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.