Hunter College Graduation at Radio City Music Hall – June 2004
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My first master’s degree was special. I worked so incredibly hard to earn the 46 credits I needed for my M.S.Ed. I overcame a lot of personal hardships during this time and prevailed by being inducted into Kappa Delta Pi. I did fieldwork at countless schools and student-taught at P.S. 72 (fifth grade) and P.S. 59 (third grade). Therefore, when I reached my graduation day from Hunter College, I totally bought into the whole “Graduating at Radio City Music Hall” Thing. Yes, that’s right, our graduation was held one one of the biggest stages in NYC: Radio City Music Hall!
We were lined up in the bowels of Radio City Music Hall for what seemed like forever in my 2″ heels. My cohort and I posed for photos, but after awhile, we got a little antsy. However, it was totally worth the wait since there’s nothing like walking down the aisle and onto the stage of Radio City Music Hall. And once we got on stage, looking out at the huge auditorium of people gathered there was just awesome. It didn’t matter that I looked like a purple-people-eater in my cap and gown or that my feet were tired. Seeing all of these proud people gathered there to celebrate the accomplishments of their loved ones that day brought tears to my eyes. (Somewhere out there were my parents, who I found at the end of the graduation, and Dr. Gonzalez, my beloved professor who was tough-as-nails and extremely invested in all of his students’ well-being.)
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).