Mary Guggenberger, M.Ed. ’03, is principal at Christ the King School in Rutland. We caught up with here recently and asked her the following questions.
When did you go to CSJ and what did you do after graduation?
I went to CSJ from 2000 until 2003 and completed a Master’s Degree in Education. I did my student teaching in the fall of the year and had secured a teaching job before graduating in May of 2003.
What things from your CSJ education have helped you in your career?
My education at CSJ has prepared me for a lifelong career in education. Not only was I confident in my role as an elementary teacher, but I was able to further my goals in education to teach beyond the classroom in more of a leadership position.
What parts of your education did you feel was most important?
The most important part of my education was the writing component in each one of my classes. I learned to write with clear, concise paragraphs in order to make a statement or express and support an opinion.
What advice would you give students who are entering the field of education?
My advice to education students is to find a specific element of education that is your strength and document it. If science is your strength and passion then find a way to demonstrate your excellent teaching strategies to show a potential employer that you are unique and gifted. If you can offer something unique to a school, then you have set yourself apart from the general population and that gets you an interview.
What is your favorite memory from you time spent at CSJ?
My favorite memory from time spent at CSJ was when I took my Social Studies class with Dr. Alis Headlam. She set high standards and demanded excellent work. She gave an assignment that seemed impossible at the time but it turned out to be one of my proudest accomplishments. Each student in the class was assigned an oral history of someone 75 years of age or older. The rubric was well-outlined and the syllabus was very clear, but is seemed daunting at the time. I never worked harder or felt as satisfied as I did when the assignment was completed and I received an A as a grade. This experience gave me the tenacity to prepare lessons for my students that challenge them and leave them wanting to learn more.