Taylor Burfeind | Towson University

Major: Elementary Education – Special Education ’16

Senior Taylor Burfeind says helping people with disabilities is her passion. Now Towson
University is helping her turn that passion into a career as a special education teacher.

Burfeind, a graduate of Long Reach High School in Howard County, Md., chose TU after
hearing about its history and reputation in teacher preparation.


Everyone I spoke with told me Towson was the best place in Maryland to get an education
degree.

TAYLOR BURFEIND, ’16

“I’m having a great experience, in the classroom and in my internships. The faculty
are always available and I know they’ll continue to be my mentors, even after I graduate.”

Burfeind adds that she also appreciates the supportive network of students she’s met
at Towson University. “Because there’s only one cohort in single certification elementary/middle special education, we’ve all really bonded. We support each other’s goals. We even help each other
find potential job opportunities.”

Towson University’s emphasis on community service provides Burfeind with opportunities
to gain experiences outside of academics. She’s active with the university’s Best
Buddies program, which pairs participants with young adults with disabilities. Last
year, she served as the group’s president. “It’s meaningful work, and it’s wonderful
helping people who are my peers.”

Beyond her academic department, Burfeind also loves meeting people from across the
country and around the world when she’s on campus. Interacting with people from different
backgrounds and with different interests has broadened her way of thinking, she says.

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“I love learning about other people’s perspectives and hearing what they are passionate
about. I feel very connected at Towson. It’s a big school but with a very close, unified
community.”

View more information: https://www.towson.edu/coe/departments/specialed/tburfeind.html

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