Hometown: Brookfield, Conn.
Major: Reading Education
WCSU Degree: Master of Science in Education - Reading
Internships: Field work in Danbury Public Schools, student teaching in Newtown
Activities: As an undergraduate, Education Club vice president, membership in Alpha Delta Pi, currently a third-grade teacher in Greenwich, Conn.
Honors and Awards: WCSU Alumni Scholarship recipient; WCSU Grandahl Award and Scholarship for Mathematics Education recipient; member of Pi Lambda Theta Education Honors Society; graduated magna cum laude as a WCSU undergraduate, expects to graduate summa cum laude with master's degree; 3.92 GPA
Nancy Caron was beginning her freshman year at New York University in the fall of 2001 when the whole world changed. "After Sept. 11, I decided to transfer someplace smaller, but still close to home," she says. "I had a friend who was going to WCSU who suggested that I visit her. I did, and the rest is history. I had no intention of staying at WestConn when I transfered, but I got involved, made friends, enjoyed my classes and saw no reason to leave. I loved it and am so glad that I stayed!"
Caron says she always wanted to be a teacher and had a love of math, so she graduated from WestConn in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - Mathematics. Immediately upon graduating, she enrolled in WestConn's Master of Science in Education program. "I had such an amazing experience at WCSU, and I would attribute a lot of that to the wonderful professors that I had, both in the math and education departments," she says.
"I really came to admire education department faculty such as Dr. Darla Shaw, Dr. Thomas Cordy and Dr. John Caruso, just to name a few," she says. "I’m sure I’m leaving someone out, because they have all been such great teachers and mentors. In the math department, Dr. Paula Maida was an amazing professor who really helped me make the link between math and education. Her class was always interesting and helped me generate many ideas that I use in my classroom today. I also truly enjoyed classes with Dr. David Burns, Dr. Chuck Rocca and Dr. Barry Mittag. Something I loved about WCSU is that you end up having professors multiple times and you become close with the faculty as well as the other students in your major."
Asked what she will remember most about her WestConn experience, Caron says, "Although it is not academic, my most memorable moment was meeting my husband at an Alpha Delta Pi/Tau Kappa Epsilon social. That was back in 2002. Now we are married with a 3-month-old son."
After graduation, Caron hopes to return to WCSU in a few years to obtain her Doctorate of Education, or Ed.D., degree.
Caron’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Take advantage of all that WCSU has to offer. Although it is a small school, it is filled with opportunities. The campus life is great on both campuses, the faculty is wonderful, and the friendships I made will last a lifetime”