This year’s Cardinal Newman Teaching Institute included four students from Magdalen College: John Milliken ’22, Adriana Smith ’22, Ben Haefner ’22, and Zofia Joynt ’22. The Institute is a practical experience for students exploring a career in teaching and is the fruit of a partnership with Mount Royal Academy, a CNS Honor Roll school located in Sunapee, New Hampshire.
John Milliken was mentored by high school theology teacher, Mr. Matt McMenaman. Adriana Smith was paired with humanities teacher, Ms. Margaret McKenna. Ben Haefner’s experience was also in humanities with Ms. Annie Rodriguez. Zofia Joynt spent three weeks with elementary students under the direction of Mrs. Heath, Mrs. Moorehouse and Mrs. Diebold.
The Cardinal Newman Teaching Institute strives to properly equip and prepare Magdalen College students for a future career in the field of teaching. The student interns spend their days immersed in classrooms with mentor teachers at Mount Royal Academy, where they have ample opportunity to observe, record notes for future reflection, discuss lesson plan objectives, grade assignments, and provide hands-on assistance to both teachers and students. In the evenings, students attend professional development seminars taught by experienced educators on pertinent topics.