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Readers recall their favorite TC professors

Patrick McGuire (Ed.D.’94), Alumni Council President, asks:

WHO WAS YOUR IMPACT PROFESSOR?

If you could interview all 90,000 living Teachers College alumni, each would describe a different teach­ers college experience. The common thread is that one professor (and sometimes more) who inspired us, nur­tured us and profoundly changed our thinking — and our lives — forever. Here are recollections of TC teachers who did just that.

Dr. Susan Recchia. Before coming to TC, I put “teaching” at the center of my profession. She showed me that everything serves to support a complex, unique developing child. That simple shift was profound, and I am a better teacher because of it. Rachel Hicks Martinez (M.A. '01)

Dr. Frank Horowitz. His semantics class introduced me to how words take on extended meanings and how the very basis of meaning in language is metaphor. These concepts deeply influenced my under-standing of the world and how I teach.  Richard Mazel (M.E. '14)

“Dr. Frank Horowitz. His semantics class introduced me to how words take on extended meanings and how the very basis of meaning in language is metaphor. These concepts deeply influenced my under-standing of the world and how I teach. Richard Mazel (M.E. '14)

Professor Douglas Stone had us step outside our culture to see, in an anthropological way, our modern mindset, our fragmented thinking, our broken world. I have passed down his insights to my history students. Kit Olivi (M.E. '94)

Patricia Raskin brought learning points to life by making her coursework experiential without sacrificing academic rigor. She treated us as equals, allowing for deep, profound growth Katherine King (M.A. '04)

Dr. Tom Sobol. He was wise, caring, brilliant and funny.  He made me proud to be an educator. I, too, hope to spend my life in school as an educator to vulnerable populations. Sunny Sue Chang Jonas  M.E. '07)

Published Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2015

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Patrick McGuire (Ed.D.’94), Alumni Council President, asks:

WHO WAS YOUR IMPACT PROFESSOR?

If you could interview all 90,000 living Teachers College alumni, each would describe a different teach­ers college experience. The common thread is that one professor (and sometimes more) who inspired us, nur­tured us and profoundly changed our thinking — and our lives — forever. Here are recollections of TC teachers who did just that.

Dr. Susan Recchia. Before coming to TC, I put “teaching” at the center of my profession. She showed me that everything serves to support a complex, unique developing child. That simple shift was profound, and I am a better teacher because of it. Rachel Hicks Martinez (M.A. '01)

Dr. Frank Horowitz. His semantics class introduced me to how words take on extended meanings and how the very basis of meaning in language is metaphor. These concepts deeply influenced my under-standing of the world and how I teach.  Richard Mazel (M.E. '14)

“Dr. Frank Horowitz. His semantics class introduced me to how words take on extended meanings and how the very basis of meaning in language is metaphor. These concepts deeply influenced my under-standing of the world and how I teach. Richard Mazel (M.E. '14)

Professor Douglas Stone had us step outside our culture to see, in an anthropological way, our modern mindset, our fragmented thinking, our broken world. I have passed down his insights to my history students. Kit Olivi (M.E. '94)

Patricia Raskin brought learning points to life by making her coursework experiential without sacrificing academic rigor. She treated us as equals, allowing for deep, profound growth Katherine King (M.A. '04)

Dr. Tom Sobol. He was wise, caring, brilliant and funny.  He made me proud to be an educator. I, too, hope to spend my life in school as an educator to vulnerable populations. Sunny Sue Chang Jonas  M.E. '07)

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