Erika Curtiss, MEd '12Elementary, Early Childhood, and Special Education Teacher Certification
Students Who Inspire Us
Each AUNE department annually chooses a graduating student who has been an inspiration to a faculty member. We featured these students in the 2011-12 AUNE Annual Report and share their comments and the comments of the faculty members with you here.
I cannot find the words to properly thank and commend the faculty at AUNE for all that I have been taught. What I have learned is astounding.
"Entering AUNE’s Integrated Learning program, I was like a child myself, wide-eyed and full of excitement to learn. Every day posed new challenges and ideas. Everything I learned was like taking in a breath of fresh air. I was eager to share all of the wonderful, innovative aspects of creative learning with the children I was about to teach.
"My first internship was at Marlborough Elementary School, teaching second grade. My cooperating teacher allowed me time in the classroom to execute creative and nontraditional lesson plans, all of which filled the New Hampshire standards. We made an amazing team, and the children came to school not only ready to learn but also full of excitement. In a classroom full of challenging children, art was an unbelievable outlet for them. I was able to bring in several projects that Ron [LaBrusciano] taught me in my Integrated Arts class.
"I cannot find the words to properly thank and commend the faculty at AUNE for all that I have been taught. What I have learned is astounding. I understand what children need, beginning from their birth, as well as what I can do to assist in their growth as human beings. Even my little ones can paint their frustrations away. I have finally found my home."
Ron LaBrusciano, professor emeritus, Department of Education:
A gifted artist herself, she attempts to awaken creativity in her students. She understands that the arts can facilitate learning for all …
"Erika was a most conscientious student and a most committed intern. For a quiet person, teaching a class can present many personal challenges—something I can personally relate to. Erika always persevered and eventually gained confidence in her ability to teach and to manage a class. Her extra effort, evident in all that she attempts, is already helping young children to grow and to learn in her preschool classroom.
"A gifted artist herself, she attempts to awaken creativity in her students. She understands that the arts can facilitate learning for all and are especially important for certain learners. Often, after I introduced an art activity to my Integrated Art class, Erika would consistently teach it to her students with remarkable results. Most importantly, Erika cares deeply about each child that she teaches."