Future teachers from the Zucker Family School of Education are good to go

The exterior of Capers Hall is seen at The Citadel in Charleston,

Photo: Capers Hall, where the Zucker Family School of Education is housed

Meet members of the Class of 2020 who will use their educations to teach others

The Zucker Family School of Education cultivates undergraduate and graduate students into principled educational leaders capable of, and committed to, transforming schools into learning communities where all children and youth succeed. With a focus toward learner-centered education, graduates from The Citadel’s education programs are effective in educating a diverse learner population to high academic standards.

The Citadel’s Master of Education is one of the most popular graduate programs offered. In fact, the second most popular degree for The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020 was a Master of Education.

Meet some of the new Zucker Family School of Education graduates who will contribute to the futures of students around the Lowcountry and beyond.

Nicole Bossak

Degree: Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Hometown: Beaufort, South Carolina
Destination: Continue work as a school counselor for Beaufort County School District, and planning to seek a doctoral degree and further her career as a future administrator.

“The Beaufort Lead II Cohort was personalized and tailored to fit our needs as students. We had the best teachers guide ups to completion of our degrees!”

Maelda Chalk

Degree: Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Hometown: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Destination: Continue work at Beaufort County School District, with the goal of becoming the district’s first female Hispanic principal.

“The best reason is the quality of education and the consistency of rigorous instruction and discipline. My Citadel professors were highly trained in their field of study and provided me the highest standards of instruction. They cared about me, and supported and challenged me so that I could tap into my strength and achieve academic success.”

Collin Martin

Degree: Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University

“I’ll be conducting research on RNA/Protein Synthesis and drug therapies. The Citadel has trememdous professors in the Zucker School of Education (thank you Dr. Dague, Dr. Graham, and Mrs. Wiseman), and a unique campus experience.”

Mark Watson

Degree: Master of Education in Literacy Education
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Destination: Continue teaching at Berkeley Middle School while considering more postgraduate education

“I endeavor to help students intrinsically love reading and become critical thinkers. I will accomplish this goal by improving my teaching methods and collaborating in our professional learning communities as much as possible, continuing to try out best practices. I hope to continue in education, wherever my destiny has me go to support the upcoming generations.”