Erin Glennon ‘13
Child Study Major • Concentration in Mathematics
Special Education Teacher • Frank J. Carasiti School
When I was in high school, my teachers advised me that the best school for teaching is St. Joseph's College.
When I visited the campus I knew instantly that this is where I needed to be! St. Joseph's has a very welcoming embrace that makes you feel at home. SJC will open you up to a world of possibilities. There are various programs and support services that all work toward your success.
A Not so Rocky Road
After graduation, I began working at Rocky Point as a permanent substitute. Not long after I began subbing, they posted a special education position in the district. I applied for it in hopes of gaining interview experience.
A month later, I was called in for an interview which then led to a demo lesson. I remember being so nervous through the entire interview process. On the day of the final interview, I remember taking a breath of confidence and telling myself "I got this" as I walked through the door. I felt at ease as I sat across from my administrators. It was as if I left my nerves at the door.
"I would not be where I am today, if I did not have the confidence and pride that St. Joseph's has instilled in me."
I spoke about my time at Rocky Point and how it has changed since the time I had attended there. I will always remember talking about my demo lesson and the infamous "Mathematician Joke of the Day."
I'm a goofball. I believe that learning comes from laughing. So, I try to start my lessons with a joke. I was teaching intro to circles and the joke was, "Why does nobody talk to circle?" My administrators sat and thought about it before I said, "because there is no point."
The next few moments, we were telling jokes to each other. I left that interview thanking them for their time and consideration, but not before I left them with one last joke.
"What did the one mathematician say to the other?.......I'll calcu-later." I proudly walked out of the room with them laughing and with a huge smile on my face. I had a sense of accomplishment. Well, I got the job and I am going on my fifth year working at Rocky Point. I couldn't be more proud of the school Rocky Point has become.
I would not be where I am today, if I did not have the confidence and pride that St, Joseph's has instilled in me. They opened up my world to endless possibilities by helping me discover the educator that I was meant to be.
Making the Child Study Switch
When I first attended SJC, I was a math secondary education major. I realized that I wanted to teach, but I wanted to have my own class. I had a higher probability of getting a job if I went into math rather than the younger grader.
"[At SJC] I learned I have the ability and skills to overcome any obstacle put in my way. It may take me a million tries and stepping back to find a new plan of attack, but I know that I am resilient and will eventually overcome it."
So, I was in the math program all the way up to senior year. There were two weeks left in summer before I had to go back to school. I remember riding my bike with my mom and she said, "Erin, you know that it is alright if you have to move. Change is never a bad thing and you will surmount it like everything else."
After the bike ride, I took my helmet off and then buckled the seat belt of my car. I drove down to SJC where I walked into S. Mary Ann Cashin's office. I walked in as a secondary ed major and walked out a child study student. I couldn't be more happy and thrilled with the choice that I made. From then on, I knew that my decision was the best for not only myself, but for my students.
[At SJC] I learned I have the ability and skills to overcome any obstacle put in my way. It may take me a million tries and stepping back to find a new plan of attack, but I know that I am resilient and will eventually overcome it. Life gives us bumps in the road to challenge ourselves and our abilities. It will always bring us to where need to be. As I tell my students, "Take a breath of confidence because you got this."
Q&A With Erin
What was your dream job as a kid?
I remember my first day as a kindergarten student in the Frank J. Carasiti School. I went home and I told my parents that very day, that I was going to be a F.J.C. teacher when I grow up. Who knew that years later, my dream would become a reality! Today, I work in the Frank J. Carasiti school as a special education teacher. I am lucky and privileged to have been able to start my journey into learning at Rocky Point and to now start a new journey as an educator there.
My favorite book is Choice Words by Peter Johnston. Reading this book gave me the awareness of the power of words. I truly believe that everyone, regardless of profession, should take the time to read this book. You do not need to be in the field of education to appreciate this book. We live in a social media-driven world, where words written or said could have a negative impact on another. We need to be aware of the language we are utilizing.
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. "
- Helen Keller
Or, my own personal quote, "When in doubt, laugh it out."
Who is the biggest influence in your life?
The biggest influence in my life would be my mother (Mama G). She is the strongest person I know and has guided me through my entire journey. She has been a RN for over 30 years and has worked endlessly to provide for my family. She taught me that the only person you can truly rely on is yourself. If you want something, you need to work for it. She has shown me how to be a diligent, independent and accomplished individual. She has taught me so many lessons, especially ones that I will try and forget and wish I never had to go through, but without them all (good, bad and the ugly) I wouldn't be the person I am today. I thank you Mama G and for all the wisdom, guidance and love you have given me."
Favorite hobbies or activities
In my spare time, I enjoy running, playing with my puppies, spending time with my family and enjoying the outdoors. Now that I have a job and I'm finishing up my masters at SJC, I will have more free time to find a hobby or talent. I have always been focused on achieving my goals. It's now time for me to step outside my comfort zone and explore. Without exploration and experimentation, there are no discoveries.
What did you hope to get out of your time at SJC?
Pride and confidence. I knew that I would earn a distinguished and well respected reputation from SJC. I have always loved learning, but I wanted to more confident in my skills and take more pride in my accomplishments. Everyone is their worst critic, but I learned that you need to step back and take a look at what you have achieved. Take pride in what you have earned. It will help guide you to where you want to go. SJC gave me the skills and knowledge that made me feel confident in myself.
If you made front page news, what would be the headline?
Miss Glennon, teaching students that learning comes from laughing.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Sister Eileen Kelly. I still remember her telling stories and the passion and excitement she showed when telling them. She had wonderful lessons on modifications for students that I still use today. From her, I learned that it could be something so miniscule, but it's a tremendous leap of hope and achievement for a student.
What is the best lesson a professor taught you in class?
That there will times in your career where you feel down. As much as this career is rewarding, there are going to be times that will challenge you physically, emotionally and mentally. That's when you need to remember all the good things you have accomplished and have done through your journey. I was advised to start a memory book of all the positive things that have happened through my teaching career. In my book, I have pictures, cards, notes and letters of appreciation. All from students, parents and colleagues. Anytime I feel a sense of confusion or uncertainty, I look back into my book and remember all the positive moments in my teaching career. I thank my co-teacher Ms. Capaldi for this inspirational idea.