Hannah Kaplan '13


Teaches in a Kindergarten Classroom in the Brookline Public School System.

Pine Manor College, Major in Early Childhood Education, Health and Leadership Program

Life after Graduation

Hannah Kaplan was hired by the Brookline Early Education Program and worked in an Early Childhood Classroom (BEEP) in the Brookline Public Schools. Hannah has worked in a Kindergarten classroom in the Brookline Public Schools for the last two years. In her current role as a Para-professional, Hannah supports individual children's learning to help them meet the many outcomes and competencies now required of Kindergarten children. She also works throughout the day with children in small groups helping them with their lessons and activities.

Hannah says she "highly enjoys her role" in her classroom. She is learning and implementing new, interesting, and useful information about typical developing children, special needs, and differentiated instruction everyday. Hannah finds the Brookline Public Schools welcoming and supportive and truly loves working with young children from diverse backgrounds, and with different strengths, academic experiences and abilities.

How PMC helped me

Hannah chose Pine Manor College because of their Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership Program. She had recently moved to the Boston area from Arizona and was looking for a program where she could get to know her classmates and professors well. She liked the idea of a smaller college where she would be able to build relationships and have individual conversations with her Professors. The college also offered quite a variety of interesting classes in Early Childhood, and in the Liberal Arts, all of which helped her to gain useful and important information about the profession of Education and the teaching of young children.

Hannah also believes the many, internships, pre-practicum, and practicum experiences that Pine Manor College provided allowed her to gain useful and helpful knowledge as an educator. Hannah writes, “I gained a lot of valuable experiences in the field of education through PMC'S Early Childhood Program senior internships and practicums". Hannah was able to teach, observe and gain experience - supported by quality preschool teachers at the College’s Ann Pappajohn Vassiliou Child Study Center. Hannah completed her senior internship at the Bowen Elementary School in Newton, MA. Hannah worked in a Kindergarten classroom and it was in that internship that she determined this was the particular age group she would like to teach.

Hannah found the professors in the Early Childhood Program to be knowledgeable, helpful and supportive. Her advisor, also the Program Coordinator of the Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership Program, was available whenever she needed to contact her. They are still in contact with one another, which is another special part of the Pine Manor College Early Childhood Program experience.

Hannah writes, “I would highly recommend Pine Manor College for those looking for a smaller liberal arts school. The campus is beautiful and in a great location. The professors were very supportive throughout my time there and I have and continue to build great relationships with them as well."

Program Coordinator, Dr. Sandra McElroy writes,

"Hannah took advantage of all the benefits a small and academically challenging Early Childhood Program can offer. As her academic advisor, and the advisor of the Education Club - of which Hannah was co-president - I have had the opportunity to get to know this very bright and wonderful young woman quite well. She is a strong and reflective learner. As a teacher of young children she modifies her teaching strategies to meet the needs of all learners. Her genuine caring for all people is demonstrated in all that she does. Hannah is a part of the amazing group of talented and creative educators who have attended Pine Manor College. "

As the Pine Manor College website notes:

"Students come to the college and they enter the Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership Program with a variety of interests, skills and goals. These are related to, but not limited to: teaching, after school programs, community programs, coaching, tutoring, creative arts, early intervention, public policy, creating their own day care centers, or - if interested - pursuing a graduate program. Students in our program have been very successful both in gaining employment and within the positions they have accepted."