Our teacher education students have first hand knowledge of the ways that our programs, people, opportunities, and experiences shape lives. Many of our graduates stay in touch with their Buffalo State instructors, advisors, and mentors long after they have moved from teacher candidate to teacher. These graduates frequently write to former faculty and staff, sharing their experiences and reflections from the field of education.
Click on the names below to learn about the varied places our graduates are working (in the field of education, and beyond!), the happenings of our student teacher candidates, the ways in which these amazing individuals are contributing to their communities, and how Buffalo State helped them achieve their goals and dreams.
"What I love most about what I do, is that I am in the position to be a perpetual learner. As much as I am in the classroom to teach students, they continue to teach me in so many unimaginable ways.”
“My many and varied experiences at Buffalo State prepared me not only for my time as a Special Education teacher, but also as a leader."
"I think that at Buffalo State I was able to truly experience and explore so much of myself as a person.”
"Education has allowed me to positively impact the future opportunities available to numerous students and colleagues."
"I think high quality education is life changing and so if I can be a part of making someone's education all that it can be, that motivates me."
“Making a difference in the lives of children provides no greater sense of satisfaction and purpose.”
"I was looking for a distinguished education program and Buffalo State clearly met that criteria. I knew I needed to attend a college that wasn’t too large in size, yet also offered an urban environment.”
“I love that every day is something new with different and exciting challenges.”
"I love that every day is different, every school year brings its own unique issues.”
"Because of Buffalo State, I can now contribute to my community and to the field of bilingual special education."
“No day is the same and every single day you will learn something new.”
"Because of Buffalo State, I am going to be the best person I can be and, in turn, have a great impact on others."
“Having the experience at the literacy center [through Buffalo State] propelled us to open our own literacy center.”
"[I am] committed to community empowerment, community action and social justice through equitable community education.”
“What drives me to continue in the field and continue in the city district is the notion that you can actually impact the trajectory of a student.”
"Whether it is teaching, learning, tutoring or volunteering, Buffalo State can help to shape your teaching philosophies and provide you with the necessary tools to aid in your success as an educator, just as they did mine.”
“I really did not look forward to distant education courses, but I was pleasantly surprised by the degree of interaction, the variety, and I found through the facilitated online discussions it was very similar. To some degree it was better…”
“Teaching is the most hopeful profession you can have.”
“There have been many pieces of the puzzle I have put together to form who I am. Some of these pieces are bigger than the other, not more important or better, just different shapes and sizes.”
"Ever since I was young, I wanted to help people in some way."
“I walked into Buffalo State College as someone who just wanted a degree, yet left with so much more. I was transformed by the community in my department and by my mentors.”
“The end goal is to help make the world a better place, and I still believe that education can do that - but change, both on a large and small scale, needs to happen.”
“The best way to learn is to teach, and the best way to teach is to allow your students to own their learning. Let them experience the learning and you be a facilitator, not a bestower of information."
“Every day is an opportunity to empower, uplift, love and support your students. On your toughest days, remember this - to be a teacher is a gift.”
"Because of Buffalo State...I am a global educator!"
“I love watching my students learn and grow. And I enjoy the creativity and challenge of always trying to improve my practice so students learn even more!”
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