Nettie Harrington '07, Major: Education and Music; Minor: English

Nettie Harrington teaching

"Small class sizes provided an ideal setting to gain real classroom experience at the Horace Mann School in Salem. However, teaching abroad in England brought my education experience to a higher level. Through the Honors Program, I took my studies one step further with a thesis in my final year.

I grew up in Medford, but fell in love with Salem during my time at Salem State. I think of Salem as more of a home for me than Medford now. I feel that I learned so much about who I am and what I want from life while I was there. I've always wanted to be a teacher. I came to Salem State's education program because of its great reputation and accessibility and was not disappointed. I knew my professors well and I knew that they cared about my individual goals as a future educator. While here I was also able to indulge my other passion, music and decided to double major.

I am currently the early childhood coordinator and afterschool program director at a small elementary school in western Massachusetts. I love my life as a teacher and a student. There are many days when I go home thinking how difficult this profession can be, but there are far more when I go home knowing that I have the best job there is."