Kelly Santana - NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency Program

Kelly Santana

Kelly Santana
Queens, NY
Queens College, New York - BA, English
I am a bookworm and I love to write!

About Me

I was born and raised in Queens, NY. Since the age of six, I’ve always known I wanted to teach. I’ve also always had a passion for literature and creative writing, so when it was time to declare a major by my junior year at Queens College, I knew I wanted to focus on English. Now that I’m in the graduate program, I’m excited to be able to focus on education and blending my two passions together. Teaching and English are the perfect mix for me!

What about the residency are you most looking forward to?

Besides learning about the fundamentals of teaching and what it means to be an educator in this day and age, I'm excited to be a part of program that seems to have such a tight-knit community. Always slightly nervous about the idea of an online program, I was very happy to find one that is keen on creating an inclusive and immersive program for its students. I'm also looking forward to having the opportunity to be hands-on and work in a school for not just a few months, but a whole year.

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

I've had a few teachers throughout the years who positively contributed to my life in one way or another. But overall, these teachers always went above and beyond to make me feel supported and believe in my own unique abilities. They pushed me, encouraged me, and truly cared about my future success. They invested in their students' lives and I don't think I would be where I am today without them.