Meet DeAnte, recently graduated SJSU grad student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“After working four incredible years at a Title I elementary school, I realized it is imperative that educators attract young students to the idea that education offers the best chance to reach limitless possibilities. My experience with the Lurie College of Education has provided a platform for me to inspire young children in a classroom setting and be living proof that with an education, opportunities are limitless.”
Meet Luz, SJSU undergraduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“I believe that education is the foundation of success. As I become an educator, I want to make a difference in education. I believe that all children should receive the best education available to them regardless of their socioeconomic status or their race. This is why I want to become a counselor and work with high school students who live in low-income communities to motivate, inspire and to encourage students to strive for success.”
Meet Saul, SJSU staff member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“In the 4th grade, I was given an award for “perseverance”. At the time, I did not know what the term meant. Fast forward to today, I would say that I overcame a lot of adversity, especially being a first-generation student. As students, we owe it to ourselves to try hard and go after what we want, despite the difficulties. In the end we gain life experiences and we become more resilient, all because we chose to never give up. The 4th grade version of myself would be extremely proud of me today.”
The Connie L. Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University is a place of transformation, where we prepare educators, counselors, therapists, and community leaders using emancipatory pedagogy across our teaching, scholarship and service. Learn more about our impact by reading through this report and join the Lurie College family by visiting sjsu.edu/education!
Meet Edith, SJSU undergraduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Education has always played an important role in my life. Since I began volunteering with teachers at ten years old, I become a regular volunteer with a first grade teacher at my elementary school. As I got older she allowed me to teach her class a few times which was when I knew that I wanted to become an elementary school teacher. Here at SJSU I have found many resources and opportunities to achieve that goal and the encouragement to reach my long-term goal of becoming Secretary of Education.”
Meet Angela, SJSU graduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Seven years ago, I left my home country, Colombia, to come to the Golden State. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to continue my professional growth. Now I am pursuing a Master of Arts in Education and Counseling. I have met brilliant professors who have inspired me during this journey to become an educator. They have taught me the importance of staying actively aware of social justice. I am committed to support, motivate, guide, and inspire other students through their education and success.”
Meet Marion, SJSU faculty member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“I love to learn and I have always found people fascinating. First as a student and then as a counselor I have always been interested in people’s stories and experiences. In every class discussion my students and I learn from each other, and my hope is that we bring out the best in each other. It is an honor to be on this learning journey with them.”
Meet Sandra, recently graduated SJSU grad student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Looking back at my academic journey I am grateful for all of the obstacles that I have faced as a first-generation college student. Taking the less traveled route in my family led me to education which is a powerful tool that has transformed the way I see the world. I want to support, encourage, and guide ALL students towards achieving their academic goals and finding a career that they are passionate about. If I can help one person change their life with education, I have reached my goal as an educator.”
Meet Diba, recently graduated SJSU grad student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Feeling nervous about being in school for the first time after so many years away, let alone as a graduate student, I couldn’t have asked for a more meaningful experience. From my first day at the Lurie College of Education, I finally felt like I had found my calling. Surrounded by inspiring professors and like-minded colleagues, I found a place where I belonged. I’ve also formed life-long bonds with some of the most amazing people. For that alone, I am forever grateful to this school.”
Meet Paula, SJSU alumni / faculty and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“A love of learning about people brought me to Lurie College where my journey in education began in the Credential Program. I went on to teach nearly every subject in Social Science in a variety of local high schools. I returned to study equity and education in Child & Adolescent Development. Putting it all together, I now instruct undergraduates, parents, and preschoolers, and work with teacher candidates and faculty across departments as a Coordinator in the Single Subject Program.”