UTA Testimonials

Here’s what past participants have said:

“The Urban Teacher Academy is a multi-perspective program where you learn so much about teaching as a profession and as a hobby.  If your goal is to change the world and the lives of children, then this is a great place to start.”  — Amanda Ewing, Hunterdon Central Regional High School

“The Urban Teacher Academy was one of my favorite experiences I’ve had in life.  It helped me take that step into what career I plan to pursue and it couldn’t have been a better career for me.  I want to be a middle school teacher and make a difference and UTA helped me discover it.” — Yaritza Corado, Trenton Central High School

“I would recommend [the] UTA to any students seeking a career in education.  It’s an inspiring experience that really gives us a head start in the field!” — Hillary Hargraves-Dix, Lawrence High School

“The Urban Teacher Academy is an eye-opener to the true meaning of teaching.  It gives you the hands-on experience you need and allows you to see for yourself what teaching is really like, giving you the opportunity to discover if this is truly for you.”  — Carolina Echeverri, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

“You have an interactive experience with students of your own that immediately makes you want to make a difference and become a teacher.”  — Katie Sibley, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

“The UTA program is an outstanding way to get insight into the teaching profession, make new friends, and truly learn what urban teaching is all about.”  — Kate Hallinger, Hopewell Valley Central High School

“My eyes were opened to not only the challenges that urban students face, but also the rewards that would come from teaching in that type of setting.  This program has made me not only want to make a difference as an urban teacher, but also it has made me believe that I can.”  — Imani Evans, Ewing High School

“I believe this program teaches wonderful insights into urban schools.  Come here ready to hit the ground running, and you will learn to love education and educating instantly.”  — Catherine Goepfert, Lawrence High School

“The Urban Teacher Academy is an excellent program that allows students to learn more about themselves and the different areas to teach in.  It will help a student define his or her passion to the area of teaching where he or she can make the greatest difference in the life of a student.”  — Nicole Profetto, Hopewell Valley Central High School

“UTA helps find teachers who will one day shape the minds of future leaders.”  — Victoria Hurley, New Egypt High School

“This experience will teach you so many things that will help you no matter what you decide to do.”  Anna Lise Kunkel-Jure, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North

“The Urban Teacher Academy is a truly enriching experience for those who look to pursue a career in education.  It’s a great way to be informed about your future career, while interacting with others who share your passion.” — Daniel Kaplan, Ewing High School

“The Urban Teacher Academy changed my life.  I now have the passion and desire to become an urban area teacher and to help out not just my community but any people in need.”  — Juliet Brooks, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

“The Urban Teacher Academy has reinforced for me the idea that teaching is about raising children’s self-esteem, encouraging children to reach their goals, and inspiring children to become more than they’ve ever dreamed.”  — Melanie Konstantinou, Nottingham High School

“The Urban Teacher Academy is one of the most valuable experiences an aspiring teacher can have.  They receive knowledge and hands on experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.”  — Tara Kennette, Robbinsville High School

“This program will prepare future teachers to handle all the challenges and joys of teaching in an urban setting.  The experiences you will take away will be life changing on your path to becoming a teacher.”  — Nicole Paparella, Nottingham High School

“A program that inspires you to make a difference and change the world one child at a time.” — Hannah Pawlak, South Brunswick High School

“It’s a great experience….  Like a pre-college crash course on education.”  — Natasha Roig, Franklin High School

“Participating in the UTA confirmed my ambition of wanting to become an Urban Teacher.  The experience totally exceeded my expectations.  I had the opportunity to work with a great group of educators, prospective teachers, as well as summer camp participants who taught me the importance of being an effective teacher.” —Issaiah J. Chavis , Ewing High School

“Participating in the Urban Teacher Academy has [allowed] me to try my hand at teaching and planning my own lessons involving children from Ewing’s summer Camp.  This two week program enabled me [to gain] new confidence and knowledge about urban versus suburban schools, the role that government plays in education, and most importantly a newfound outlook on life.  I feel that I have emerged a leader ready to take on the challenges of college and someday [become] an urban teacher.”  —Alex Vernon, Notre Dame High School

“Participating in the UTA was one of the best experiences I have been a part of.  I learned a lot of valuable information that I know I will be able to use in the future. This program was a wonderful opportunity for me and I am extremely happy that I was able to be involved it.”  —Cassandra Baier, Robbinsville High School

“Participating in the UTA was life-changing.  For me, it helped to mold my interests and helped to awaken an unknown passion.  Had I not attended, I would never have been enlightened to the true power of teaching[.]” —Tyler Liberty, Princeton High School

“Through the Urban Teacher Academy, I was exposed to multiple areas of teaching such as special education, science and math education, early childhood education, and many others.  Collaborating with the other students in the program, going on field trips, and listening to a variety of speakers provided insight into the importance of going into the teaching field.  At the end of the Urban Teacher Academy, I became more aware of the issues surrounding urban education, and the program made me understand the importance of joining the dedicated teachers who are working to improve urban schools.” —Sarah Goodman, Princeton High School

“Participating in the UTA encouraged me to actively consider teaching students in subjects where teachers are in short supply.  I now have a place in my heart for all students who attend school where exceptional teachers are scarce and expectations are low.”  —Luke Vinci, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South