During her first year of law school, Samantha Solomon ’11M.S.Ed.
had an insight that changed her life – she realized the most
powerful way to make an impact on another person was through
“Initially I thought if I became a child advocacy lawyer I could
help children by defending their rights,” says the Staten Island
NY, native. “But then it dawned on me: by becoming a teacher, I
could change the world one student at a time.”
Having earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development from
Cornell University, Samantha searched for a high-quality graduate
education program that accepts college graduates without education
degrees and prepares them to become leading educators.
“The School of Education’s
Career Change program immediately grabbed my attention,” says
Samantha, who is specializing in
Adolescent Education with a concentration in mathematics.
“Unlike the other graduate education programs I researched, St.
John’s Master’s of Science in Education accepts students from
various professional backgrounds and gives them the skills and
techniques they need to be successful in today’s classrooms.”
Also a special education teacher at Susan Wagner High School in
Staten Island, Samantha finds the greatest benefit of teaching
while going to school being able to immediately implement what she
learns in her classroom. “This semester I’m taking a course on
teaching students with exceptionalities and I’ve been able to use
the tips and strategies to help the students I’m currently working
A part-time program with flexible evening and weekend class
options, the Master of Science in Education offers six teaching
Childhood Education and
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) that
qualify students for full-time teaching positions after completing
one year of the program. To learn how you can make a change and
begin an exciting career in teaching, please visit
The School of Education online.