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Education Students Say UC Experience Makes Them Good Job Candidates

Date: June 4, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos by Lisa Ventre
Archive: Profiles

Rob Malling says it was UC's national reputation for preparing teachers that gave him the confidence that he'd be "hired with ease." The 22-year-old Malling is graduating with his bachelor's degree in elementary education, and he'll begin a full time job as a third-grade teacher at Cincinnati Public's North Fairmount Elementary in the fall. Rob Malling at his Chase School internship

Malling says he got interested in teaching back when he was still a student at Rocky River High School in the Cleveland area. "I career shadowed and helped out a fifth grade class one day. I had worked with children in high school and I liked the idea of being an educator and helping people."

Malling earned a communication degree from UC last year. His twin brother Scott will join him at Commencement this year to be awarded his communication degree. The brothers have lived together through their UC experience, but after graduation, Scott will be heading out to Colorado to be a snowboard instructor.

Rob, meanwhile, will be looking ahead to his job at North Fairmount, and looking back on his teaching internship at Cincinnati Public's Chase School. Over his final year at UC, he spent a half-day teaching third grade at Chase, and fellow UC intern Teresa Kawa taught the other half.

Teresa Kawa at Chase

"Teresa and I went in there with the idea of getting our feet wet as much as possible. Chase gave me a 'heads up' of what full time teaching in Cincinnati Public was like," says Malling.

He adds the Chase staff treated the interns as if they were full-time teachers. "They knew we were coming from UC, so they knew we were ready." A Chase mentor teacher and UC Professor Ron Sterling guided and supported the UC interns through the school year.

"Rob and Teresa showed the utmost patience with the students and their growth was outstanding over the past year in working with the children. They were a good team," said Sterling.

Both Rob and Teresa wanted to stay with Cincinnati Public, and both landed jobs. Sterling says Teresa will start at Cheviot Elementary in the fall. Rob Malling

"I liked the people I met in the district - the people at Chase, the people in the union, and the school board members," Malling says. "It's a large district but it didn't feel like a large district. I didn't feel like a number. I liked the diversity of the kids.

"I also knew having experience in Cincinnati Public would land me a job easily." He's now looking forward to having that experience under his belt as he starts his first professional job.

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