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.”
Meet Jennifer, SJSU undergraduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“I really wouldn’t count it as an education story or journey but as an educational uplifting. Ever since elementary school, I recall teachers and staff that would take on many roles for the special education students due to the low funding there for staffing. Classes were doubled in size and teachers were given students in which they had no preparation nor instruction for it. And as times keep evolving and educators are being unappreciated, there will no longer be anyone left to instruct.”
Meet Tuan, recently graduated SJSU grad student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Eleven years ago, I was disoriented and discouraged by so many obstacles when I first step my foot into this new land from Vietnam. However, what ran through my blood was the undying passion of becoming someone who would make differences. SJSU and the Lurie College of Education helped me complete my journey of becoming a school teacher, who will guide the new generation. I believe everyone has the innate ability to be successful, and I want to be a part of that process.”
Meet Krissy, SJSU faculty member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Being a faculty member at SJSU allows me to continually learn new information and new teaching methods. Each time I teach a course I learn so much from my students. I encourage every student to share their thoughts and ideas because everyone’s insight or understanding is so important. I enjoy using different teaching methods that engage students and hopefully encourage my students to become lifelong learners as well. SJSU is a great place for everyone to learn.”
Meet Maria, recently graduated SJSU undergraduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Growing up I had a wonderful 4th grade teacher that told me that I could go to college. She inspired me to become a teacher and inspire other students to believe in themselves. Coming from an immigrant and low income family was hard to reach the doors of college. SJSU Lurie College of Education has provided the tools I need to be in the path of graduating in summer 2019.”
Meet Melanie, recently graduated SJSU grad student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“My experiences as both a student and an educator left me with many questions about the education system and how schools do, or do not, support students. The College of Education provided me with the tools and support I needed to seek answers and continue asking questions in pursuit of inclusive and effective schools for all students. I am grateful to the faculty for fostering this inquisitiveness and for guiding future educators to be thoughtful, self-reflective critical thinkers.”
Meet Annette, recently graduated SJSU doctoral student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Education is the arena where I find the most joy in providing service to others. My career is dedicated to leveling the playing field for students who are struggling academically, living in poverty, experiencing race-based microaggressions, and/or other risk factors. Guided by a transformative lens, my life’s work of “Bridging the Gap for Students of Promise” is to promote human rights and social justice advocacy through propelling systemic changes in unjust educational systems.”
Meet Everett, SJSU faculty member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“I was born deaf and grew up with American Sign Language (ASL). I am the only deaf member in my family, and I would not be who I am if it was not for my deafness. I had aspired to be many things, including a computer programmer. It was not until I served as a TA at a community college that I realized how much I enjoyed working with students, who demonstrated a strong interest in learning ASL. I knew by then that I wanted to teach. Today, I am truly privileged to be a Deaf Education lecturer.”
Meet Ada, recently graduated SJSU undergraduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“In the beginning, I was following someone else’s dream to become something I was unsure of. Then, I took a leap of faith, changed career goals and found something I was more passionate about. Being able to connect with strong-minded people and learn more through my experiences helped shape me as a person. Thanks to those opportunities, I’ve become galvanized to continue my journey to get my Master’s.”
Meet Doaa, SJSU graduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“I always wanted to help save lives as a doctor. I never thought that I can impact lives in any other way. But here I am, graduating in Fall 2019 with my master’s degree in counselor education along with my PPS and LPCC. I finally get to make a difference and help make an impact in peoples lives. Being an educator is to continue educating kids, their families, and their communities. But it also means that every single person I encounter, I will learn something as well.”
Meet Ana, SJSU staff member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“My passion for education was modeled to me by my grandfather, who helped raise me. A former farmworker with a fifth grade education, my grandfather had a hunger for learning and reading that inspired me to take advantage of every resource possible in college, graduate school, and my career. I’m grateful to be working for SJSU and the College of Education because I see a genuine passion for learning all around me and a strong commitment to expand educational opportunities for others.”
Meet Angelie, recently graduated SJSU grad student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“As an educator I want to help empower the students I work with so they can help their communities thrive. I am a strong believer that education has the power to create sustainable growth from within our communities. I hope to play a small role in dismantling systems of oppression by helping students plan and achieve their academic goals. The students I work with daily have inspired me to continue my development and pursue a Masters degree in Education to help make higher education accessible.”
Meet Radha, recently graduated SJSU doctoral student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“The Ed.D program experience has enriched and helped me evolve in ways that I never imagined. The incredible faculty and my cohort members in the Ed.D. program have made a significant contribution to my research and critical thinking skills. In three years of the program, I have learned more about myself as a person and as a leader. I now feel confident and prepared to apply the knowledge, skills and perspectives I have gained through the program to be a passionate and transformative leader.”
Meet Angela, SJSU graduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Navigating the higher education system as a first-generation student has been a stressful, and at times, discouraging journey. Through all of the obstacles, I have stayed determined and focused on continuing my education because my educational achievements do not solely belong to me. They belong to my family, my ancestor’s, my community, and all of the individuals who have believed in me and invested in me along my journey.”
Meet Michele, SJSU faculty member and one of the leaders of Lurie College! Also, congratulations to Michele for recently achieving the standing of Associate Professional Clinical Counselor with the Board of Behavioral Sciences!
“Education has been a safe haven over the years, leaving me with fond memories from kindergarten through graduate school. In addition to classes; sports, student government and Work Study enhanced my experience by connecting me to positive role models and mentors – preparing me for the world of work, where learning never ceases. Therefore, as an instructor, I am passionate about engaging students in their learning process so they can also develop a love for learning and become a lifelong learner.”
Meet Justine, recently graduated SJSU undergrad, current grad student, and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“As the daughter of an immigrant woman, the youngest of six children, and the first to attend college, I feel immense gratitude to receive the privilege that is education. Although the road to get here has been far from easy, what I’ve found is that persistence and hard work always wins. By adopting a growth mindset, I began to grow academically, professionally, and personally in ways I never imagined. So no matter where you are in your journey, know that determination will get you far.”