2020 GRADUATES

Erica Walker
Dear MST Graduates,
 
Congratulations on your graduation from Teachers College! On behalf of all of the MST faculty and staff, I extend our very best wishes to you. We've enjoyed getting to know you during your time at TC, and are so proud of you for all of your accomplishments! While we aren't able to share our congratulations with you in person this May, we look forward to welcoming you back to MST and TC events in the future, when we can all be together.  As you can see from this gallery, you and your peers have done amazing work at TC, and we are always happy to learn with and from our terrific MST students. Thank you for spending part of your lives with us in the CMLTD suite, the Science Education corridor, and the Program in Mathematics offices. Please keep in touch with us; we love hearing news from our alumni!
 
 
Warmly,
 
Erica Walker
Clifford Brewster Upton Professor of Mathematical Education
Chair, Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Words from Faculty


Congratulations Class of 2020


Science Education, EdD

My graduate experience was much appreciated due to our faculty/staff and our wonderful students. As students, we met and fellowshipped with each other often. We also all took care of each other! I am proud to be a member of this community.

Dissertation: The Role of Children's Racial Identity and It's Impact on their Science Education

 

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

I feel honored to have had the privilege to study under the esteemed faculty and to have made such amazing friends during my time at the Teachers College. I have learned so much and am excited to use what I have learned from the Teachers College to help improve the world of education.

 

"Be confident, not certain" - Eleanor Roosevelt

Science Education, PhD

Dissertation: The Impacts of Informal Science Education on Students’ Science Identity and Understanding of Science Inquiry

Mathematics Education, MA

This is the last time that we will all be together as members of Teachers College, Columbia University. I hope all “veterans” make efforts so that our dream will come true.

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

CMLTD offers one of the best programs in TC! It takes you to explore the emerging contemporary issues while building a deep understanding about learning. The faculty in this program is amazingly knowledgable and approachable. My time here will always be a cherished memory.

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

Thank you TC for a wonderful experience!

Computing in Education, MA

I never imagined how much I was about to learn at TC. I am forever grateful for the teachers who supported me unfailingly in the last 2 years.

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

Thanks to Teachers College, I have learned to think more logically and critically, and to give me a new way of seeing the world. At Teachers College, I learned to listen to more different voices, which gave me a deeper understanding of what "a healthy society should not have only one voice."

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

I'm lucky to meet all friends and instructors.

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

My TC experience has been absolutely transformative.

Science Education, EdD

I've learned so much, and had great advisors, mentors, and friends along the way. Thank you all!

 

Dissertation: Beginning Science Teachers’ Agency: an Exploratory Study of Choice and the Role of Technology for Continued Learning

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

Thank you for a wonderful learning experience!

Science Education, EdM, MA

Thank you to everyone at TC who helped me grow as a teacher and learner over the last two years and to my family who supported me through everything!

Science Education, MA

I got to go behind the scenes of the American Museum of Natural History, go whale watching, design online curriculum (before the pandemic!), and participate in so many rich discussions that I am still reflecting on to this day. My TC experience was everything I hoped it would be and I'm sad it's concluding!

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

My journey here at TC had been memorable! TC is special to me because of the people and the community. I am grateful to have met so many wonderful friends and professors and I will always cherish this experience as I move forward with my life.

Science Education, MA

Thank you to all the amazing staff and faculty who have pushed us to be authentic, compassionate, and engaging educators!

Science Education, EdD

My graduate school experience in MST has been personally and professionally transformative. My time here has shaped my passion for research and my confidence in teaching and in teacher education. I am so grateful for the guidance and support I received from Dr. Mensah and Dr. Riccio over the last four years!

 

 

Dissertation: Forming Science Teacher Identity: The Role That Identity Plays in Designing Learning Goals and Classroom-Based Formative Assessments

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

TC is a very supportive and friendly community. I learned a lot here.

Mathematics Education, MA

I have had one of the best experiences at Teachers College over the last few months. I’m looking forward to applying all of the knowledge that I’ve gained from my student teaching experiences and the courses I’ve taken, including the STEM Study Tour, into my own classroom soon!

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

TC is a loving and nurturing environment for me to figure out what it means and how to be an educator. I'm forever grateful for the help and support of my mentors and friends at TC.

Ling Ai
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
Mathematics Education, MA

I NEVER WASTE MY TIME AT TC! EVERY COURSE THAT I TOOK WAS GREAT AND ALL PROFESSORS WERE VERY HELPFUL. GOOD MEMORIES!

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

Challenging, engaging, wonderful and surprising – all the ways I would describe my time spent at TC and in the CMLTD program.

Science Education, EdD

Thank you to my professors and colleagues in the Science Education Program at Teachers College and across other programs and departments, you took the time to teach me and for that I am eternally grateful! Thank you TC for my amazing experience!

 

Dissertation: The Teaching of Science to Refugees in Greece: A MultiTI-SITE Case Study of Volunteer Educators in non-formal Education Settings

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Min Jung Lee
Science Education, PhD
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

The time I was in TC I learned a lot and also met many good friends. I wish everyone the best and happy.

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

Online graduate school helped me get through my degree with ease while teaching full time. Thanks, MST and TC!

Weiqi Liu
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
Mathematics Education, PhD

Dissertation: A Comparative Study of Directional Connections in Popular U.S. and Chinese High School Mathematics Textbook Problems

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

TC led me to a broader world, challenged me yet showed me love and support

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Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

Educational Technology Specialist , MA

A invaluable experience with so many opportunities! 

Mathematics Education, PhD

Dissertation: Mathematics Education in Qatar from 1995 to 2018

Mathematics Education, PhD

I am grateful to Dr. Karp, my dissertation advisor, and to all of the other professors in the math department. You pushed me to think more deeply and taught me to be a better teacher. Thank you!

 

Dissertation: EDGAR J. EDMUNDS (1851 – 1887), MATHEMATICS TEACHER AT THE CENTER OF NEW ORLEANS’ POST-CIVIL WAR FIGHT OVER SCHOOL INTEGRATION

Wei
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
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Science Education, EdD

Dissertation: Understanding the Academic Help-Seeking Strategies and Experiences of Black First-Generation Engineering Undergraduates

Xue Li
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

So grateful I got to experience this chapter of my life with inspirational and supportive people here at TC. Couldn't, and wouldn't, have done it any other way.

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

Thank you TC for pushing me to shine and thrive in all environments!

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

I feel so grateful and lucky knowing such great people in my program and department. I couldn't describe how resourceful our department is and how creative our faculty and students are.

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Science Education, PhD

I will forever remember the quality of world-renowned professors at Teachers College, Columbia University. I was honored to be able to collaborate with a such high caliber of researchers that are experts in many educational domains. While collaborating with Professor Felicia Mensah, we developed a one-day Introduction to Women in STEM; Professor James Borland and I developed a model for gifted and talented students for secondary school in the field of genomics; and currently, Professor Sandra Okita and I are co-developing a grant for involved with learning biological science through innovative technology and gaming technology. My experience would not be possible without the invaluable help and support of Professor Roger Anderson. Since the day I met Dr. Anderson, he has greatly assisted and guided me to design and finalize my research and dissertation. In spite of his busy schedule and high demand from other doctoral students, Dr. Anderson has advised me in every aspect of developing and improving my curricula, pedagogy, and profession. Dr. Anderson was my advisor, mentor, and someone that I emulate. Dr. Anderson remains my best role model for a scientist, mentor, and educator. Professor Chris Emdin, whose constant guidance, positive feedback, and sensitive support has helped influence my pedagogical skills and strategies. Professor Emdin’s unique style of urban education and pedagogy has increased my interest and passion for the field of urban science education and has increased my level of expertise in pedagogy. Dr. Emdin’s ambition and compassion in teaching is truly remarkable and inspirational.

 

Dissertation: A Study of Secondary School Students’ Participation in a Novel Course on Genomic Principles and Practices

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, EdD

Thanks for a great community where I developed as a thinker, researcher and most importantly, a teacher of anything I set my mind to.

 

Dissertation: THE ELEMENTS, PROCESSES, AND OUTCOMES OF COLLABORATIVE MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT TEAMS

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

I loved learning from such a wonderful group of TC Faculty!

Aoi Nakazawa
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
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Science Education, EdD

The opportunity to meet and collaborate with a group of very talented and dedicated educators is invaluable.

 

Dissertation: CULTURALLY RELEVANT TEACHING AND MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION ACROSS STEM COURSES FOR TEACHER EDUCATION AND HIGH SCHOOL

Rongman Sun
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
Yi Liu
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
Mathematics Education, PhD

My experience at TC exceeded my expectations. I took many courses that were thought by wonderful, knowledgeable and supportive professors. I also met a lot of interesting students who come from diverse backgrounds. I am thankful for the experience I received at TC and I definitely learned a lot.

 

Dissertation: Toward a History of Mathematics Education for Young Females: 1890-1920

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

Studying at TC was a great experience full of growth and development.

Mathematics Education, MA

I have absolutely loved my time at TC in the Math Department, my second home. It will be very hard to leave, but maybe I'll come back for a PhD ;)

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

TC really broadened my pedagogical perspective and helped me to see educational technology in a new way! Thank you to the amazing CMLTD professors and students who made my experience so inspirational and gave me such a great foundation upon which to grow!

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

I really enjoy my learning experience at MST. It not only helps me see the broader possibilities of how technology can benefit learning, but also consider it critically in terms of how and why.

Mathematics Education, MA

I enjoyed my time with the department and am very grateful for the friends/colleagues I got to meet!

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Wenqian Qu
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
Mathematics Education, MA

Through my graduate education at Teachers College I have learned rigorous math concepts, the importance of culturally relevant teaching, how to abolish negative stereotypes in the classroom, and the importance of equity vs equality. I have excelled in the academic world due to my talented professors and I’m excited for the opportunity to help others in this way!

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Shuangting Yao
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
Christine Wusylko
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
YaTing Yang
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
Meining Zhu
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

I enjoyed every second of the past two years at TC. Big thank you to all the faculty and staff and a big hug to all my classmates. We made it!

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, MA

Teachers College, Columbia University has fulfilled my expectations of studying with the esteemed school faculty and experiencing cutting-edge curriculum.  All of the skills I learned here will prove beneficial to my career.  I would not be where I am today without that experience. Thank you for giving me the courage to be bold and take on challenging opportunities when they arise. Thank you for all that you have done to lead me to success! Your encouragement and faith in me doesn't go unnoticed! This has truly been an amazing 2 years of my life. I look forward to a long, fruitful, and prosperous association with you!!

Shuo-Yuan Kao
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA
Yanying Liu
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA
Science Education, PhD

Thank you to all the faculty and friends at TC for their help and support in this process.

 

Dissertation: Exploration of Differences in the Beliefs and Attitudes of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics Teachers on Multiculturalism in Secondary Science Classrooms

 

 

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Andrew Weissler
Science Education, MA
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA

Life is adventurous and exciting.

Anna Ziemski
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA

Thank you to my parents, friends and professors! You are my motivation!

Qianhui (Luceo) Wang
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA

Embrace the moment!

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA

Thankful for all the unique, amazing people I’ve met here. Stay safe and happy graduation!

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Hongjing He
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA

Meeting TC members from diverse background has made the past two years a memorable and inspiring experience. Wouldn't have it any other way!

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA

Life at TC has been an amazing journey for me. I have learned so much from the faculty and my peers, and am ready to start the next chapter of my life!

TC is a place where I got to learn, explore and figure out what I really want to do for my next steps. It’s also a great place where I met so many amazing people. Thank you TC!

Lizhen Zhu
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD), MA
MSTU, MA

I enjoyed every moment of my time at TC. The teachers were wonderful! Great experience!

Mathematics Education, EdD

Dissertation: Listening to the Voices That Sing a Different Song: Mathematically Successful and Socially Conscious Students of Color

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