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Lindsay Ryan '12

What is your current job?

I am a Special Education Teacher at Match Charter Public High School in Boston, MA.

Why did you choose this profession?

I became interested in education while taking Multicultural Education with Barbara Hall. I absolutely loved getting to be in classrooms throughout Philadelphia as part of the field placements with each education course at Haverford and Bryn Mawr. After graduating, I knew I wanted to be involved in education and directly with students. I was a tutor at Match the year after I graduated and fell in love with my students, especially students who needed extra support to reach their full potential. I was blessed to be able to stay at Match as a Special Education Teacher working in inclusion classrooms, specifically science and math.

What more do you wish to accomplish in your professional career?

I want to have a lifetime career in learning and teaching, no matter what I am actually doing. I ultimately would love to go to medical school and become a pediatrician. Working with students now is helping me to become a much better listener, problem solver, teacher and communicator. To me, being a doctor is more about listening and teaching than anything else and I believe that my years in special education will teach me so many valuable lessons. Ultimately, I would love to teach medical students, but we will see where life takes me.

Tell us about a decision or change you made that turned out to be a positive career move.

Being a tutor at Match has been the best decision I have made after my decision to attend Haverford. I have been able to work with a staff and fellow peers who are unbelievably dedicated and passionate about what they do. I also now have a network that will help me to move within my own field and allow me to branch out into any other field I may have interest in.

How has Haverford influenced your professional career?

I touched on Haverford's influence in how I decided on this career path in an earlier response. The main influence was that Haverford's education department encouraged me to be a constant learner and teacher. Learning at Haverford became not just something I did in a classroom, but something I did in every moment of my life. Education classes in the Bi-Co taught me to be passionate about learning and I was encouraged to go into a field where learning is exciting.

The ramp from Magill Library with Ryan Gym and Sharpless Hall in the background.

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