Meet Samantha Mosher from the class of 2003! Samantha was an English major with a Speech Communication minor and is currently a Middle School Learning Specialist at the UN International School in NYC as well as an adjunct professor at a few colleges in the city. Learn more about Samantha below!
Current positions: “I am currently one of the Middle School Learning Specialists at the United Nations International School in NYC. I work with a student population that is highly mobile (moving every 3-5 years, sometimes sooner, as diplomatic postings changed), multilingual, and multicultural. My job is to work with teachers as an instructional coach to help them choose classroom strategies and methods that will help all students in the class learn, as well as to assess struggling students and interpret the data, and to design and implement intervention plans for students. I spend a lot of time trying to determine the differences between slow academic language acquisition and an actual language-based learning disability. I’m also co-teaching an English class this year, which is exciting.
I’m also an adjunct instructor at a few colleges in the city. I teach special education courses at CUNY Hunter and LIU-Brooklyn to students in the NYC Teaching Fellows program. I also teach students in the Reading Specialist program at Teachers College, Columbia.”
One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC: “Take advantage of everything. Most importantly take courses outside of your major that you’re interested in, especially in areas where you might not be as strong or where you’re afraid you might not get a good grade. Your GPA isn’t as important as you think it is, and college is absolutely the time to discover new passions (or confirm that something isn’t for you).”
Favorite Honors Seminar and why: “Chance Concepts with Jim Conklin. I had a really bad experience with Pre-Calc in 11th grade and had declared I would never, ever take a math class again. My advisor, former Honors Program Director Hugh Egan, told me that I should take this course for my math gen ed requirement and my Honors Seminar. He told me we’d figure out the probability of there being a certain number of green M&Ms in a bag and it would be “no big deal.” It was actually a real stats for social science course, but slowed down a bit with more time for investigation and experimentation. Not only did I have a great time in the class, I also rediscovered the love of math I had before 11th grade. The class left me completely prepared for the educational measurement and stats classes I had to take in grad school.”
One word that sums up your university experience: “Questions like this are why I never agree to do these things for the school newspaper…
Uncomfortable, but in a good way. I learned how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable–in new situations, with challenging ideas–and that’s how you learn new things.”