Master of Arts in Teaching, 2015
School of Education
January 1, 2015
“I believe that the foundation of great teaching is strong relationships built with every student in the classroom.”
David Monge is a graduate student enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently working towards his master’s degree while simultaneously student teaching at Northwood High School. David finds joy in helping students discover how science affects them every day.
I believe that teaching is much more than simply delivering information to students and that the foundation of great teaching is strong relationships built with every student in the classroom.
David is excited about the Next Generation Science Standards and how the standards will launch in-depth classroom learning experiences. He considers the knowledge gained from the University of California, Irvine to be critical for his future teaching.
The summer Masters Program helped influence my drive for an equitable classroom. Teachers put a lot of time and energy into helping all of their students achieve success, and I’m willing to go the extra mile for every student in my classroom
David has been awarded the inaugural MAT Honors Award for his academic achievement and his commitment to education.
I am very thankful for my summer professors for nominating me for this honor. Professor Hosun Kang and Lecturers Christine Giguiere and Vanitha Chandrasekhar are all extremely knowledgeable experts in their content areas, and each guided me toward achieving a deeper understanding about the practice of good teaching. I consider their insights invaluable and will continue to implement their lessons in my pedagogical practices.