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Kaitlin McDermott: High School English Teacher

Kaitlin McDermott: High School English Teacher

Hi! My name is Kaitlin McDermott, and I am a proud graduate of the QC English program. I was a Macaulay Honors student at Queens and graduated last May with highest departmental honors in English and History.

As a Jeannette K Watson fellow, I interned at various legal organizations during my time at Queens College — including a reproductive health nonprofit and a digital rights NGO. Through these professional experiences, I became increasingly interested in the ways in which effective communication about pressing legal and policy questions often fails; however, the root of this interest in communication stems, in large part, from my experiences within the English Department. As a student, I served as a writing tutor to non-native English speakers with the Queens College Language Lab and at the Queens College Writing Center. Extensive experience teaching in a one-on-one setting was a great introduction for my current work teaching English to high schoolers right here in Queens.

Another project that I was involved in at Queens College was writing for the student blog QC Voices. My blog was focused on exploring issues related to Law & Justice. Again, this opportunity proved impactful. Following graduation, I relocated to Vienna, Austria and began working for an NGO that deals with digital rights. In this position, I was tasked with editing policy proposals and drafting articles on issues related to civil liberties in the Digital Age.

Currently, I am back in New York and have transitioned into a full-time teaching job. In the near future, I hope to use my newly completed TESOL certification to make another move abroad and to continue my teaching journey. I remain grateful for my CUNY education—especially, I am thankful for the time and energy that the QC English Department invested in me and my future.

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