Nicole A. Lefevre Hernández from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico completed her MAT license in Spanish 5 – 12. Nicole’s current position is an upper elementary Montessori teacher and board member at "Comunidad educativa Montessori integral.” She is also working on her PhD with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction so that she can expand the school to include grades for students in middle and high school. Here is what Nicole has to say about her time in Mount Holyoke’s MAT program:
The MAT program helped me develop as an educator and a mother and did an excellent job integrating social justice to its curriculum, which is vital. Professor Beverley Bell encouraged us to always question our thoughts and think critically. She challenged us to study the demographics as well as strengths and weaknesses of the district in which we were working. The goal behind it was to answer, “How would we contribute in this community and how can your students’ lives connect to our curriculum?”
My supervising practitioner, Adriana Morehouse, was very student-centered. She integrated readings into the curriculum that connected with the Latino community, and helped me identify new seating arrangements, new participation strategies, and an agenda to get all students more engaged.
I am very grateful to have had this amazing opportunity to study education with dedicated and knowledgeable professors who guided me through my journey to become a teacher.