Ever since she was a kindergartener, Danielle Franklin knew what she wanted to do
with her life. Thanks to a great kindergarten teacher, Danielle was determined to
work in early childhood education.
And when it came time to pick a college, she was just as sure of where she wanted
to get her education.
“I knew Towson University had the best possible program for teacher education,” remembers
the Prince George’s County native.
Franklin found out first-hand that she was right.
Offering opportunities for real-world teaching experience, a supportive and knowledgeable faculty,
and highly relevant course work, the Department of Early Childhood Education, says Franklin, “really sets you up for success.”
The graduating senior is particularly grateful for the relationship she has developed
with her TU supervisor Amy McDowell, whose expertise Franklin calls, “outstanding.”
“Since the beginning, she has been very helpful and a big resource whenever I need
her. Whether I’m struggling in the classroom or struggling to find a way to reach
the children that I teach, she’s literally always there.”
Another way the department prepares students, says Franklin, is through its annual
Education Recruitment Fair, connecting TU students with school representatives from
across the state.
“You set up interviews and talk to these people and find out where you want to teach
and why you want to teach there.”
Most important, though, according to Franklin, are the opportunities for real-world
experience, like her full-time teaching semester at Reisterstown Elementary School,
where she has the chance to apply a solid theoretical foundation to the reality of
helping children learn day to day.
“That’s been the biggest help,” says Franklin, “because you learn best through experience.”
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