Shoshi Gordon ’24, education and English
Gordon was a lecturer at Breakthrough Manchester, a New Hampshire-based program with a dual mission to inspire and train middle and high school students to become teachers. He also works primarily with first-generation, low-income, high-achieving middle school students on their way to college. At his location, Gordon taught seventh-grade writing. Breakthrough Manchester gives scholars a program, but as this was her second year of attending, she was able to expand and modify it. In class, she and her students created zines (miniature magazines) and wrote essays. Outside of the classroom, she led an after-school yearbook committee and a student council committee. In addition to gaining teaching experience, she also organized parent-teacher conferences.
What advice would you give to a student who is also interested in education but doesn’t know where to start?
“The best way is to talk to Meg Springer or someone from CXD. The people at Bowdoin – your teachers, an academic advisor – really care about you. And then just apply to the programs. I applied for the program in funded internships and I thought, “That’s not possible, it’s too good to be true!” and I’m so glad I did. In high school, it can be scary to take your picture and talk to your teachers, but as you get older you realize you might as well. And you’ll figure it out from there.
These internships aren’t just about the job, they’re also about the people you work with. What new connections have you made or what existing relationships have you strengthened?
“I met some of my best friends from the program. I worked there last year and I still have friends I talk to. It’s wonderful because you get a range of ages and backgrounds. experiences. This summer, we had people ranging in age from 17 to 23 to work. People who spend their summer wanting to teach and work with children are some of the kindest, most passionate and patient people out there, and it’s amazing to be in a space where you’re all so excited and have the energy to innovate.”