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Philip Razem (B.A. English Adolescent Education, 2005; M.A. English, 2007) teaches 6th and 7th grade English Language Arts at Martin Behrman Charter School
in New Orleans, LA. He coaches the school's chess and award-winning debate team, as
well as serving as a KIDsmART (www.kidsmart.org) Teacher-Leader, specializing in promoting arts integration across the state's curriculum.
After graduating from SUNY Fredonia in 2007, he served in the People's Republic of
China as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer until 2009. To promote world citizenship
at his school, he teaches Introduction to Mandarin and Chinese Culture to 1st grade
students. He is presently in the process of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher.
His blog can be found at www.razembehrmancharter.blogspot.com. "The six years I spent at SUNY Fredonia were invaluable. I was deeply inspired by
the English Department faculty. The lessons I learned, both in and outside the classroom,
made me hungry to explore the world and its people. Most importantly, SUNY Fredonia
taught me the importance of encouraging creativity and critical-thinking skills in
each and every lesson."
Tulin Ece Tosun graduated with her M.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia in 2011. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Comparative Literature Department at Purdue
University. Her article “Women Writers and Rewriting Epic as a Female Genre” was published
in Interactions in 2012. She is currently working on a book review of The Republic
of Love: Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music by Martin Stokes. “Being an international
student and an MA student in the English Department at SUNY Fredonia was a very significant
experience for me! Throughout my two years, both as a student and as a TA at SUNY-Fredonia,
I have greatly been impressed by the soul and the energy of English Department as
a Turkish national. In such a rigorous environment, I have gained the chance to explore
the limits of my potential, both as a student and as a Teaching Assistant for two
years. In the academic circle, I was also lucky enough to teach ENGL 100 Composition,
which was an excellent opportunity for me in terms of developing my abilities in teaching.
I am confident that my background in teaching composition at Fredonia has given me
the hands-on experience in all facets of teaching that would enable me to contribute
to my professional academic career. I should say that my experience during these two
years with my students taught me how to implement teaching strategies and what to
do when I had to make on-the-spot decisions in the class. As a result, my teaching
experiences at Fredonia contributed a lot to my teaching career at Purdue, where I
have been awarded the Quintilian Award for Excellence in Teaching twice. I am indebted
to all my professors at English Department at Fredonia for all the achievements I
have been made so far. I cannot even find a word to express all the experiences I
had both as a student and as an academician. I have learned a lot from my role models,
from my professors at Fredonia who have contributed both to my academic and personal
Heidi Frame graduated from SUNY Fredonia’s M.A. in English program in 2011. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in the Literature, Cultural Theory and Social
Practice program at Kent State University in Ohio. In her time at SUNY Fredonia, Heidi
held a Teaching Assistant position, served on committees, helped organize events on
and off campus, and presented her research at campus events. Most recently, Heidi
has presented her work at the APA/PCA Conference in Washington, D.C. (2013) and as
a Brown Bag lecturer at Kent State (2013). Heidi currently holds a Teaching Fellowship
at Kent State University where she teaches College Writing I and II courses. Right
now, Heidi is finishing up her last semester of coursework before taking her exams
and beginning work on her dissertation. Heidi developed a love of medieval literature
at SUNY Fredonia that has accompanied her to Kent where she has had the opportunity
to take graduate courses in Arthurian and medieval mystical literature. “My experiences
with SUNY Fredonia’s English department were life-changing. When I began taking courses
in the English department, I felt immediately at home. The professors are knowledgeable,
accessible, and kind. They provided so much support to me throughout the program and
have continued to do so even after I graduated. In addition to the quality of the
faculty, the classes were outstanding! I always looked forward to my evening grad
seminars because the lessons and discussions were so interesting. I also made some
great friends during my graduate studies at SUNY Fredonia. For all of these reasons,
I am so grateful for the education that I received from SUNY Fredonia’s English department
and I highly recommend their programs.”
Kristen Niemi (B.A. 2009, M.A. 2013), Cathy Klein Perry (B.A. 2005, M.A. 2007), and Ann Siegle Drege presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference
in Boston in November. Their session “Engaging Students: It Matters!” explored a “pedagogy
of engagement” with particular attention to drama strategies. They shared practical
strategies that work with middle school through college students.
Cathy teaches 7th grade English in Gowanda, NY, and Kristen teaches 9th grade English
in Las Vegas, NV.
Emily Luther (M.A. English, 2007) earned her B.A. at SUNY Fredonia in Secondary English Education in 2000, went on
to pursue her M.A. in English, and finished her M.A. in English at Syracuse University
in 2007. Her work at Fredonia has served her well as a high school English teacher
at the rural Bemus Point School District in Western New York, and later while teaching
at two schools in Reno, Nevada: an urban charter school in its first year, and a suburban
high school in the mountains. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse
University, where she teaches academic writing courses for traditional students, and
also for first-generation college students attending college part-time.
"Fredonia taught me to see all learners as capable, intelligent people, and to give
the best of myself as a teacher. I learned from the best role models: my professors.
My graduate work, especially, gave me a strong foundation in critical theory that
has allowed my classroom to be a politically informed, analytical environment where
learners are challenged to understand their civic responsibilities in the rapidly
changing, globalized world."
A native of Eden, NY, Sarah T. Schwab (M.A. English, 2009) is an American fiction writer and opinion journalist living in Manhattan. Last May
her fiction piece “Firefly” was published on the Evergreen Review. It was one of the
last essays selected by the provocative publisher, Barney Rosset, before his death
that February. The last issue, which includes her story, is being made into a bound
volume. Her fiction piece “The Gift” won Writer’s Digest’s Your Story competition
and was published in the May/June 2010 issue. For the past five years she has written
a Sunday column titled, “A Scribbling Woman’s Limbo” for the Dunkirk Observer, which
is syndicated by several area Journal Register daily papers. Her essays have appeared
in The Buffalo News, as well as on the Websites Nerve, Jezebel and The Fat City Review.
She is currently working on her first novel, a psychological thriller, about an arachnophobic
violinist living in Killington, Vermont. And she is working with Rattlestick Theatre’s
Managing Director, Brian Long, on two plays. You can visit her Website at www.SarahTSchwab.com.
There are many ways I can connect my current writing life to my work in the graduate
program at SUNY Fredonia. The breadth of reading material and the intimate/encouraging
class discussions being a few of the most influential. But overall, what the graduate
program did for me was to instill an interdisciplinary curiosity. Even though my degree
is technically in English literature, I considered art history, philosophy, psychology,
gender studies and journalism in my MA thesis. Professors from each department and
program were happy to answer my questions, and to help guide me onto the path of understanding.
Unfortunately, in the real world – especially the real world of New York City – people
are not usually so eager to help. But the compassionate faculty at Fredonia have given
me confidence in my thoughts: I look at the world; I ask questions; I am indefatigable
about hunting down the answers.
Jesse Sherwood (M.A. English, 2011), a recent graduate of Fredonia State University, is a writer in Boulder, Colorado.
Besides writing Letters From Yonder, Mr. Sherwood freelances and devotes most of his time to fiction writing. He is also
the Managing Editor of an online magazine, The Fat City Review.
"I continued my education at SUNY Fredonia for a number of reasons. The main motivation
was the tremendous influence of faculty at the university. Each of the professors
cares deeply not only about your success in their classes, but also your own goals,
aspirations and passions. They work closely with you to develop your unique research
and experience that directly reflects who you are and who you wish to become."
You can also follow Jesse’s Blog at http://rustynailmag.com/
After earning her degree, Dana Ostrander (M.A. English, 2004) received a job teaching English at Cleveland Hill High School in Cheektowaga, NY.
She feels her Fredonia education provided her with a well-rounded background in literature
and critical theory -- from Aristophanes and Milton to Joseph Conrad and Toni Morrison.
In addition to teaching Regents 12 classes, she also teaches an honors class through
Erie Community College (for which the students receive college credit); one of the
requirements for teaching this class is a Master's in English, not education. She
also took two post-graduate classes through Fredonia in London, one in feminist literature
and one in post-colonial literature, which have served her well when teaching these
lenses to her students.