University of Pittsburgh School of Education
 

Student and Alumni Profiles

In Their Own Words

The School of Education provides a unique educational experience that is both inspiring and life-changing – and one of the best ways to learn more about what it’s like to be a part of our community of scholars is through the words of our faculty, students and alumni.
Mark Hornack - From Student Council to U.S. District Judge

Mark Hornack - From Student Council to U.S. District Judge

Name: Mark Hornack Role: United States District Judge Degree Program: Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree When Mark Hornak was in junior high, he was part of student council. When he went to high school, he was class president. And when he was in college, he ran for the school board. So while he suspected... Read More...
Ira Murray - Focuses on Out-of-School Experiences of Urban Youth

Ira Murray - Focuses on Out-of-School Experiences of Urban Youth

Name: Ira Murray Role: K. Leroy Irvis Fellow, Center for Urban Education Graduate Research and Teaching Associate Degree Program: Philosophy of Education (PhD) in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education Can you talk about your research? My research focus is on youth sociopolitical development ... Read More...
Mary Napoli - Creating Equity in the High School to College Pipeline

Mary Napoli - Creating Equity in the High School to College Pipeline

Name: Mary Napoli Role: Academic Specialist and BRIDGES Coordinator at the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Academic Resource Center Area of Concentration (ARCO): Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education Can you talk about your EdD research? My research is focu... Read More...
Paul Spradley - Bringing Accountability to African American Student Mentoring

Paul Spradley - Bringing Accountability to African American Student Mentoring

Name: Paul Spradley Role: Director at the Robert Morris University Center for Student Success Area of Concentration (ARCO): Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education Could you talk a little bit about your research and how it’s related to mentoring? One of the thin... Read More...
Mark Onorato - Supporting Students through Special Education

Mark Onorato - Supporting Students through Special Education

Name: Mark Onorato Degree Program: Master of Special Education with Academic Instruction Certificate ( MOSAIC ) What is the best part about MOSAIC and how is the program preparing you for the field? MOSAIC is an incredible program in many ways. From the faculty and mentors to my fellow classmates, ... Read More...
Olivia Enders - Creating a Dynamic Atmosphere for Students

Olivia Enders - Creating a Dynamic Atmosphere for Students

Name: Olivia Enders Role: Middle School Learning Support Teacher at Peters Township Middle School Graduating Degree Program: Master of Special Education with Academic Instruction Certificate ( MOSAIC ) What and where is your current position and what is your favorite aspect about your job? I am cur... Read More...
Margarita Carhuaslla - Learning a New Language to Teach Others

Margarita Carhuaslla - Learning a New Language to Teach Others

Name: Margarita Carhuaslla Role: Spanish Teacher at Young Scholars of McKeesport Charter School and Baldwin Elementary School Graduating Degree Program: Master of Education (MEd) in Foreign Language Education In 2004, Margarita Carhuaslla was faced with a difficult decision. She lived in Peru and t... Read More...
Olivia Hanning - Traveling to Albania to Teach English

Olivia Hanning - Traveling to Albania to Teach English

Name: Olivia Hanning Role: 7th Grade Geography Teacher at the Hammond School, S.C. / Peace Corps English Teacher in Albania Graduating Degree Program: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Social Studies Education What is your degree in from Pitt? I completed Pitt’s Master in Arts of Teaching (MAT), ... Read More...
Steven Boyd - Creating a Safe Space for Students in the Classroom

Steven Boyd - Creating a Safe Space for Students in the Classroom

Name: Steven Boyd Degree Program: Master of Special Education with Academic Instruction Certificate ( MOSAIC ), Master of Education (MEd) in English and Communications Education When thinking about why he decided to become a teacher, Steven Boyd sees it as a “reflection of two sides.” He first thin... Read More...
Mary Goldberg - Improving Life on Campus for Students with Disabilities

Mary Goldberg - Improving Life on Campus for Students with Disabilities

Name: Mary Goldberg Role: Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology Graduating Degree Program: Master of Education (MEd) in Higher Education Management At the age of 32, Mary Goldberg has already made a significant impact on the fields o... Read More...
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