What former Graduate Assistants say about their experience…

“Working as a graduate assistant gave me the experience, knowledge and growth I needed to have my own classroom. It gave me practical classroom experience I could apply to my interviews and current position.  It helped me grow into the teacher and person I am today.”

---Olivia Vanderzee ‘16

“The SRUSGA Preschool and Child Care Center Graduate Assistantship has contributed extensively to my progression within the educational field. As a graduate assistant, I was able to learn, practice, and hone skills that have helped me become a K-6 Grade Autistic and Emotional Support teacher.”

---Chad Palladino ‘15

“The graduate assistant position allowed me to gain knowledge and skills in the following areas: behavior, academic, physical (fine and gross motor), emotional, and social development. This opportunity opened many doors to various schools and I felt more than prepared for my first year on my own as an educator.”

---Sarah Brasko ‘18

“I had many opportunities to grow as a teacher and leader during my time at the preschool. I gained classroom management skills working with an experienced mentor teacher. The most important and special part of working at the preschool is establishing relationships with the students and their families. I could not have asked for a better experience before my teaching career started.”

---Carolyn Vachon ‘18

Preschool Assistant Teacher

This person serves as the Assistant Teacher of one of our Preschool classrooms. He/she is part of the Teaching team and is involved in the day to day operation of the program. This position provides practical classroom experience that will extend the professional skills of the applicant as well as make him/her more marketable upon graduation. 

Pictured left to right: Mrs. Mulato and Miss Vachon, Autistic Support Teacher 

Graduate Assistant 2017-2018

School Age Teacher

The School Age Program Teacher will be in charge of planning and implementing a program for after school children, ages six through twelve. That program will include homework help, free choice time, and activities. This position provides practical classroom experience that will improve the professional skills of the candidate as well as make him/her more marketable upon graduation. 

Pictured: Miss Mahon, Graduate Assistant 2021-2022

Preschool Behavior Support

This person provides behavior supports across programming in each of the three Preschool classrooms.  They coordinate & conduct Functional Assessments of Behavior and collect data on student behavior to further develop appropriate next steps in the intervention process.  This position provides practical classroom and applied behavioral analytic experience that will extend the professional skills.  

Pictured: Miss Allen, 

Graduate Assistant 2022-2023

Join us by downloading & filling out the Graduate Assistantship Application and return to the Supervisor, Director Lisa Ringer at lisa.ringer@sru.edu 

For additional information about Graduate Assistanships at Slippery Rock University, please visit the Graduate Assistantship Website.