Cody Hamilton is looking forward to the challenge of teaching his own class this fall.

The St. Thomas University School of Education student recently accepted a position at Barnhill Memorial School in Saint John, NB, teaching eighth grade math and science.

“I’m looking forward to having full autonomy inside my classroom and making my own decisions,” he said. “It will be more challenging than our internships, but I’m prepared and excited by the opportunity.”

The Campbellton, NB, resident originally pursued a career in education because he loved sharing knowledge, but over the course of his degree developed a strong appreciation for the learning relationship that’s developed between students and teachers.

“Ultimately, you don’t teach content. You teach kids,” he said.

 “I like helping students see value in what they’re learning. It’s gratifying to get them engaged and asking questions. Really, it’s building that learning relationship with students that I enjoy.”

He also discovered the value of collaboration—something the St. Thomas program emphasizes and will benefit him in his new position at Barnhill Memorial School.

“What we’re taught at STU is that teaching is a collaborative enterprise,” he said. “I saw on their website that Barnhill has a Professional Learning Community, which is basically teachers actively working together to improve student experience and teaching at the school. I’m really looking forward to experiencing that.”

“STU Boasts of Being a Small University Where You’re Not a Number—Well, It’s True”

Hamilton chose to pursue his Bachelor of Education degree at St. Thomas because of the good things he’d heard about the program. He said the degree, and the university as a whole, didn’t disappoint.

“Before entering the program, I asked around and received a lot of feedback about how highly STU interns were regarded. Once I started doing my internships, this was repeated by mentor teachers,” he said.

“Our professors in the program were very easy to get in touch with. Eighty-five students came into the program and our professors knew all our names on the first day. They were awesome, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without their dedication and support. STU boasts of being a small university where you’re not a number— well, it’s true.”