Melodi Wei - NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency Program

Melodi Wei

Melodi Wei
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
Morgan Hills, CA
University of California, Berkeley - BA, Biology
I love swimming and being in the outdoors! I also love reading classic literature, just because I think the writing is so eloquent and beautiful.

About Me

I’m from California, and went to UC Berkeley for undergrad, where I studied Molecular and Cellular Biology and English, intending to apply to medical school post-graduation. However, my experiences in teaching and a hope to break free from the classic model of achieving the American Dream pushed me to join Peace Corps in Tanzania as a secondary school teacher, where I recognized my passion for teaching. Upon returning, I began substitute teaching to learn how to navigate the challenges of being an educator in the US. I’m very excited to learn more with all my peers and continue doing something I love!

What about the residency are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to teaching in my partner school and getting to know the teachers and my students. Forming meaningful relationships in school and out of school was one of the most memorable things of my service in Tanzania, so I hope to continue doing that here!

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

My AP English teacher was special because she was truly concerned about her students, was an amazing teacher (it was her who first inspired me to love reading literature and writing), and was also so knowledgeable in other subjects, offering her time during lunch to help answer questions we had in calc and bio. She was also well-rounded in other aspects, being a talented artist and musician.