posted May 6, 2015- written by Tamara Horstman-Riphahn
“I love that every day is different - every student is unique, every school year brings its own unique issues.”
Anthony Chabala chose Buffalo State for its reputation in preparing future educators, as well as its community involvement with Buffalo Public Schools. As he mentions, “bettering Buffalo Public Schools means bettering Buffalo.”
Chabala has always held high expectations for himself, believing that being a teacher is the hardest, yet most fulfilling work one can do. High standards are set at Buffalo State, and faculty are aware of the realistic job market and therefore, adjust their teaching accordingly. The field placements aid in experience, allowing for individual growth and recognition in a world where connections mean everything. His advice to other emerging professionals? “No matter what you are doing, always work hard and do as well as you possibly can because you never know who is watching.”
Like many students, Chabala bounced between majors to get an idea of what really interested him. He worked various jobs to gain experience but always had a passion and knack for teaching. With his relentless work ethic and strong ability to work in the classroom, Chabala was hired as an educator during one of the worst economic crises. Chabala keeps these challenges in mind, “Just when I overcome one challenge, another is on its way. It really keeps me on my toes.”
Teaching is a multi-tiered profession. Chabala will continue to work through the system, experiencing a little of everything. He enjoys complex problem solving and hopes to complete his doctorate in the future. His dedication to the Buffalo Public Schools, and interest at all levels in the field of education make him a prime example of what Buffalo State strives to achieve.