Jennifer Chan - NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency Program

Jennifer Chan

Jennifer Chan
Special Education
Brooklyn, NY
Binghamton University, New York - BA, Anthropology
I enjoy painting, arts and crafts projects, and traveling to discover new cuisines. Additionally, I’m really good at organizing and planning, cooking, and a blue belt in kickboxing.

About Me

There were certain teachers who helped nurture my love for education and I want to be a reason that a student is stimulated and excited about attending school and learning. My passion for teaching started when I was in elementary school. As a young student, I spent the majority of my time in the daily 7 hours of school and so it quickly became my happy place. In fact, some of my best memories are of me in school. This, in turn, inspires me to become the best teacher I can be, so that I could inspire future generations to be involved in education.

What about the residency are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to meeting peers who aspire to change their student’s lives, just like I do. I know this program will help me prepare to be a teacher by providing me the skills I need and placing me with a mentor that will give me constructive feedback in a classroom. It’s a great opportunity for me to gain hands-on experience in a classroom so I can feel prepared when I’m teaching in my own classroom.

Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?

Dr. Langley, my anthropology professor in Binghamton, is one of my most inspirational teachers. Although her impact has come at a later time in my life, it is her dedication and fervor for education that makes her a figure I look up to. Her hard work enabled her to pursue a doctorate and granted her the ability to be one of the smartest people in any room.