|Natalie Fraser is seated outside Hillyer Hall on her last day as a graduate assistant working for the Coordinator of Student Teaching, Ed Lazaroff.
Natalie spent a great deal of time in the classrooms and offices of Hillyer Hall as an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in secondary education, as a graduate student completing a master's degree in educational technology, and as as a well-respected graduate assistant in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.
Natalie reflects: In the spring of 2006, I started my journey at the University of Hartford. During my years here, I have truly grown! In May 2010, I graduated with my Bachelors in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. Just this past May, I graduated with my Master's Degree.
Here I found an environment that was truly committed to community. While pursuing my education, I had the opportunity to be a student teacher of 120 middle school students, a substitute teacher, tutor, graduate assistant, and university tour guide.
In the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, I found faculty and professors that were dedicated to helping students make a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood and, later, into the working world. Through these experiences, I acquired strong leadership, public speaking, networking, data managing, team building and interpersonal skills. I am now able to use a variety of creative strategies and approaches to foster individual interest and involvement amongst co-workers, parents and students.
For the next chapter of my life, I begin my career in education. I have accepted a position as program coordinator for Project CHOICE as an employee of the Farmington, Connecticut Board of Education. I will also be a teacher of English to tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders in an alternative program for students looking for a second chance to succeed in school.