BA in Education Studies

Alumni in Action

Although the Education Studies program is relatively new and therefore we have limited numbers of graduates, they are growing in number each year. Our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in startups, non-profit organizations, education programs, schools, and universities.  Read below about a few of our recent graduates.

Willa Tellekson-Flash ‘18 

Willa Tellekson-FlashWilla works for a startup called LOLA. Their goal is to be the first lifelong brand for women’s reproductive health! The company not only sells period and sexual health products made from natural ingredients and materials, but also is working to start more open, transparent conversations about women’s health. Willa is on the customer team, which she loves because it gets her to directly interact with customers.

“I valued my senior seminar the most, because it allowed me to both discover and explore a subject that really matters to me,” Willa says. “I spent the semester learning and asking questions about sex education, and it is certainly thanks to that that I ended up in the job I have now. Another class I really enjoyed was Intro to Art Therapy, as it allowed me to combine an interest in people with creativity. I learned a ton, but it was also such a fun escape from a normal classroom.”

While at NYU, Chrissie Monaghan was the professor who most inspired her in the classroom. “She approached each class with such care,” Willa remembers, “I am grateful that I learned early in my career as an NYU student that there is no dumb question. In her classroom, I felt like my classmates and I were able to tackle complex and challenging real-world issues, which made me excited to show up and participate every day.”

Troy V. Edwards ‘18

Troy EdwardsTroy works at the Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory, a boarding school in Kingston, Pennsylvania. His two most prominent roles are working in Residential Life and coaching wrestling as an Assistant Coach. Additionally, he has been gaining experience in the College Guidance office and as a substitute teacher in the classroom, and also helping out admissions by proctoring tests such as the PSAT, SAT, Scholarship Test, and entrance exams.

“Education Studies helped me tremendously. My studies of inclusivity and various pedagogical theories have proven to be very helpful in fostering the holistic and united community that we strive for at the Wyoming Sem. Also, outside of NYU's classrooms, I learned to become comfortable in new and challenging situations. NYC is a wild place but it teaches you how to adjust to new situations quickly and that is definitely a skill set that you need to adjust to a new job.”

Nasrin Jafari ‘17

Nasrin JafariNasrin works as a Humanities Teacher and as an Assistant to the Head of School at the City School of the Arts. Previously, she was the President of TEDxNYU, where she organized annual conferences, community and university wide events. During her last year at NYU, she also worked as an assistant to the Program Director of the Cascades High School advisory program of the NYC Department of Education, where she was responsible for drafting curricula and classroom resources for 230 students across 14 advisories.

“Ed Studies expanded my knowledge of the education system and introduced me to the many different ways in which I could be involved in the field,” said Nasrin.