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Jodi Lynn Burnash

Degree(s) from SU:
M.S., English Education  (Grades 7-12), '09
M.S., Inclusive Special Education, '09

From:
Adams Center, NY

Currently:
Otisco Lake, NY

Reflections of SU

I value my SU experience because I received a quality education from a Tier 1 research school, which offered me a beautiful balance of theory and practice. I developed relationships with a variety of departments in the School of Education to fit the unique needs of my program, and each piece was a perfect fit: a place where I could devote myself to deepening my knowledge of educational principles and sharpen my skill set in multiple areas. My practicums were clinically rich, where I was able to make contacts that later helped me gain employment.

As alumni of SU, I have made connections with people in my field that I respect and admire, and who support me as I grow in my career. Although I began as a student, I quickly came to feel valued as a colleague, and developed the trust that stems from working with others on a common goal. The feedback I have received has been invaluable as I continue in my teaching, research, and service.

Since Graduation

I have been employed as a Special Education and English teacher at Nottingham High School since graduation. My proximity to campus has allowed me to remain actively involved with Reading & Language Arts as a loyal alum, and be involved in recruiting receptions, provide feedback on student teachers’ exit presentations, and score their portfolios.  I have also stayed connected to Teaching and Leadership and Disability Studies, while serving as a mentor in the SUITR program, which facilitates a new way to educate future special education teachers under a residency model. I have also worked closely with the Early College High School Writing Initiatives, where our purpose has been to improve the teaching of writing for all learners, including those who have historically been marginalized in school. 

I look forward to returning to SU, as a full-time doctoral student in the near future.