February 02, 2012
Paul Fritz (right), who received his master’s degree in
education from Mount Saint Mary College, speaks with Manny Juarez
’12, a science major who hopes to teach junior high school students
some day. Fritz, a physics teacher at Valley Central High School in
Montgomery, NY, was part of a professional careers panel sponsored
by the Mount’s Career Center.
Newburgh resident Juarez said that after graduation he will
apply to Teach for America and the Peace Corps and plans to obtain
a master’s degree. He wants to live abroad and “not only embrace
the culture but also help out.”
Fritz, who worked 20 years for major oil companies, switched to
teaching, which “felt like a more noble profession” where he could
positively impact students, helping them become responsible adults
that think critically about the world around them, he said.
The Mount’s education program earns high marks in preparing well
qualified teachers and administrators with the aggregate pass rate
on the content specialty tests required by New York State for
licensure at 98 percent. New York State requires at least an 80
percent pass rate.
Debra Calvino, who graduated from the Mount with a mathematics
degree and also teaches at Valley Central High School, was named
New York State 2010 Teacher of the Year.
The road to a career for Mount students includes 400 plus
internship and co-op opportunities each year, opening doors to
varied job opportunities in Long Island, New York City, the Hudson
Valley, the Capital Region and beyond, making a Mount education a