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Emma Reid

MƒA EARLY CAREER TEACHER

school

Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School

currently teaches

Middle School

subjects

Mathematics

# of years teaching

6

“Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.” Yes, these words were originally said by the cartoon character and eccentric 4th grade science teacher Ms. Frizzle, but they are also the teaching philosophy that MƒA Early Career Teacher Emma Reid lives by. “Growth, for both educators and students, means being brave enough to take risks and be vulnerable. As teachers we must help students realize that being an effective learner means questioning, making mistakes, and connecting their learning to their communities.”

Taking her own advice, Emma has completely reimagined her teaching career due to the power of the MƒA community. “Learning alongside a community of educators has empowered me to seek out new qualifications and inspired me to deepen my understanding of both content and pedagogy.” Passionate about her school community, Emma says MƒA has enabled her to improve STEM education in her district. “Without MƒA I would feel a conflict between pursuing systems-level change and remaining in the classroom. MƒA has helped me imagine a future where I can grow professionally while continuing to work directly with students.”

Emma earned her M.S. Ed. in Special Education from Hunter College and her B.A. in History and English from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing a second M.S. Ed. in Mathematics Leadership from Bank Street College. Emma has enjoyed a variety of workshops at MƒA: “Every course, interest group, or general experience at MƒA has been a seed that’s grown over time and developed roots in all sorts of unexpected places in my professional life.”