The opportunity to do something you love, as I love science, and to share this passion, is both challenging and invigorating. After seeing my first class of seniors graduate, I can truly say teaching has been the most satisfying experience of my life.”
While attending Princeton University as a mechanical engineering student, Rosalind Echols tutored engineering and science, taught first aid for the Outdoor Action orientation program, facilitated leadership workshops and trips, and worked with elementary schools to bring engineering into the classroom. “The major epiphany of my college experience was that education is what inspires me.”
Rosalind had long considered teaching as a career option. “Every time someone asked me what I wanted to be, I always added ‘or a teacher’ to the end of my response.” She joined Teach for America to get more involved in creating better solutions. “The fact that so many students with obvious potential are left by the wayside in favor of students whose only competitive merit is a more fortunate background astounds me.” She brings a conviction that science is an essential subject, and a desire to work with teachers and leaders to provide a quality education for all students.
Rosalind taught chemistry, physics and physical science across all high school grade levels T University City High School in Philadelphia, before moving on to teach physics at the Science Leadership Academy. In 2009, she presented at the Educon 2.1 Science Leadership Conference, and in 2010 she presented about her innovative physics curriculum at the NSTA National Conference in Philadelphia. She is currently teaching a Science Methods course for first year Teach For America teachers at the University of Pennsylvania.