My name is Jenna Haake. I just graduated with my masters from Boston College in moderate special needs. This past year, I spent my time as an intern at the Countryside School in Newton working in a classroom that was one-third population special ed students, two-thirds general ed students. I was the type of person that–from a young age–said that I wanted to go into teaching. I think it stemmed from me always enjoying going to school, and I’ve always had such great teachers. I really think it’s a profession that’s super rewarding and you can see your efforts making a difference. Obviously you don’t go into teaching for the money, so you really have to have that drive and compassion and motivation to be able to teach students and makes a difference in their lives. Working with students with special needs is definitely very challenging, but I love the idea of being able to work with a small group of students and be able to get to know them on a more personal level and get to know their academic and social needs and change the curriculum to meet those needs. It’s just a great feeling when something clicks with them and a light bulb goes off. A lot of the students are super bright, they just need somebody to really motivate them and break things down for them. When I’m in the classroom, I think the most important thing is: first, that you get to know each and every one of your students, because no two students are the same. I was really drawn into BC especially the Lynch School of Education because I knew that the class sizes were perfect for me The classes are very small and personal and you’re not just another face in the classroom. The teachers make the effort to get to know you and you get to know them. It’s one thing to learn something in a classroom and know how to do something, know how to teach students with special needs, but it’s another thing to be able to actually go out into the field and do that. I was able to take everything I was learning in my classes and really apply them to the real world. BC played a big role in that.