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Education Student and Alumni Profiles

Whether they’re majoring in inclusive childhood education or inclusive adolescent education, students and alumni of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education highly recommend both their program and the overall Fisher experience.

Cara Accorso '13

7th Grade Math Teacher, Integrated Arts and Technology High School

Cara Accorso

Cara Accorso

Four years after walking the halls as a high school senior, Cara Accorso found herself back at her alma mater as a Fisher student teacher where she had the opportunity to work with her ninth grade algebra teacher. And it was her placement in the Rochester City School District where she solidified her teaching path.

Right after graduation, she was hired as a seventh and eighth grade math teacher at School No. 16 and School No. 19, going back and forth between the two schools. For the 2014-15 school year, she taught seventh grade math at the Integrated Arts and Technology High School in Rochester.

"My Fisher education taught me a work ethic I'll never lose and gave me the confidence to become a teacher that others respect. It gave me the stepping stone to be a math teacher. Now, time, experience, patience, caring, and lots of learning will make me a great math teacher."

Brendan Hamilton '14

6th Grade Teacher, Tomlinson Middle School

Brendan Hamilton

Brendan Hamilton

Dover Plains, NY, native Brendan Hamilton's life drastically changed about one month after graduating from Fisher when he learned he landed a teaching job at Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield, Connecticut. He had just unpacked his life from college, and had to gear up to pack for another move.

While at Fisher, he was a student teacher at two Rochester City Schools teaching 1st, 4th, and 5th grades, preparing him well for his job as a 6th grade teacher. He said his student teaching experiences were all very different, which allowed him to become a more versatile educator who was able to implement teaching strategies to suit his students' individual strengths and needs.

"Fisher sets its students up for success. The faculty and staff motivate and support their students to ensure that everyone can succeed in their courses as well as during their fieldwork placements. Students who study in Fisher's School of Education will not only receive top of the line instruction on campus, but will also be given various opportunities to go out in the Rochester community."