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Albright alumni teach virtually every subject in every educational environment imaginable. They are also principals, vice-principals, counselors and social workers. And they have gone on to graduate study at some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities—institutions such as Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University and Villanova University.

Imagine yourself changing someone’s life. As an Albright-educated teacher, you’ll do it—every day.

Here’s what some of our graduates and administrators say:

Jarra (Rusnock) Dennis ’98 graduated from Albright and went on to earn master’s degrees from Lehigh University and Wilkes University. A chemistry teacher at Muhlenberg High School in Laureldale, Pa., she notes that Albright helped her learn to handle the unique challenges of interacting with young people. “As a teacher, you truly do not know who you will reach and when,” Jarra says. “Each student is different on any given day, and as a teacher you need to be sympathetic to that.” Albright’s education faculty, she adds, were “caring, concerned and challenging” and “prepared me for the classroom. They taught me the importance of understanding our country’s educational system—imperfections and all—and gave me the tools to succeed in the classroom with my students.”

When math proved not to his liking, Pat Sasse ’01 switched to English. The Chaucer aficionado is now the resident Middle English expert and assistant vice principal at Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pa. Pat was impressed by the efforts his Albright faculty members made to reach him and his classmates and applies that same determination as a teacher himself. During one particularly memorable lesson, he was videotaped while teaching a class. “That was an amazingly effective tool,” he says. “I learned immediately.” In another course, Pat was put through a mock interview by a professor who brought his experience as a school superintendent to the class. More than a decade later, he notes, “I still refer to my Albright notebooks.”

Joseph Yarworth, Ph.D., chair of Albright’s education department, is the former superintendent of the Muhlenberg and Schuylkill Valley school districts. In those positions, he had a perfect vantage point to see what makes a good teacher. Albright’s approach, he believes, educates educators in the best way possible. “Within the context of a liberal arts education, which we believe to be the most valuable education for the 21st century, the mission of our programs is the development of broadly educated professionals who are knowledgeable in areas of specialization, skilled in pedagogy, technologically proficient and cognizant of different learning processes,” Dr. Yarworth says. “We want to develop reflective practitioners who are informed and thoughtful facilitators of the learning, growth and development of students in a culturally diverse and complex world.”