Kelly Brumbelow has wanted to be a teacher since she was in junior high school. Now, a graduate student at New Paltz, she's pursuing a master of science in education and teaching seventh and eighth grade science nearby at Ellenville Middle School.
"I decided education would be the most rewarding and challenging profession in the long run," said Kelly, who completed her undergraduate degree in biology at SUNY Albany.
Kelly substitute taught in the Ellenville district for a year before being asked to take the position. "Substitute teaching was very helpful," said Kelly, "It gave me an idea of the school culture and how the students at the school behave."
Despite the challenges of starting a new job, Kelly has already found her new position to be very rewarding. "I have students coming to me for help, which is very encouraging," said Kelly, who teaches 94 students.
Kelly's graduate course work continues to prepare her for her current teaching position. "I'm trying to implement some of the strategies I've learned in my classes at New Paltz in my classroom," said Kelly.
Why New Paltz? I grew up on the other side of the mountain. This area, I love that its rural and that New Paltz has a very good education program."
Hobbies: Hiking on the Shawangunk Mountains, locally known as "the ridge," photography and spending time with her family.
Motivated by: Her father, "I value his advice more than anything else," said Kelly.
Goals: to be a successful teacher
Little-known Fact: Kelly would love to own a horse one day.