Hometown: Montville, CT
Major: Elementary Education
Activities: President of the WCSU Education Club, Volunteer Teacher’s Assistant at Ellsworth Avenue Elementary School
HONORS AND AWARDS: National Education Association Outstanding Local Student Leader of the Year Award (2012-2013) and recipient of the Global Campaign for Education: United States Chapter Scholarship in Washington, D.C.
Timothy Nott is a senior at Western, and most recently a recipient of the Global Campaign for Education: United States Chapter scholarship. This prestigious scholarship trains youth leaders in advocacy – an important skill for educators. Tim will be meeting with policy makers on Capitol Hill, learn about the role education plays in international development, and will meet future educators and politicians from around the country. Tim’s admittance to the program was not without assistance: “The WCSU Education Department has fully supported me in everything I have done. Dr. Robin James especially has been a support system for me, always giving me advice and guiding me.”
Nott is the President of the WCSU Education Club, which is dedicated to helping pre-service teachers gain professional development and field experience. “To me, experience working with young adults, in the classroom, is the most important resume booster a future teacher can have.” Tim is also a member of the Connecticut Education Association “Student Program”, which includes education majors from all CT state universities. “I have a passion for education; but even more so, I have a passion for helping pre-service teachers like me.”
These experiences came with hard work and dedication. “I am thankful for the Education Department in recognizing my passion for this field. Because of their support, I have had the confidence to advocate for myself and let my voice be heard. They helped to mold me into the Educator I look to be for the rest of my life.”
Tim enters his Professional Semester next spring, and will student teach fall 2014. He recommends undergraduates in the Education Department advocate for themselves and their future career. “Teaching is not easy. In fact, it is one of the most stressful jobs you can have. But it is also one of the most rewarding. My message to undergrads is to put yourself out there – get experience, build your resume, and be the perfect candidate for any job you apply to.”