The field of education is no longer confined by the walls of schools. In today's dynamic political, technological, and social landscape, young college graduates and professionals are channeling their passions for social justice and education into government, non-profit organizations, and research labs across the city of Chicago. The Education, Teaching, and Policy Panel will highlight just a few of the many interdisciplinary opportunities that University of Chicago alumni have taken to help advance the educational experiences of children across the country and world. Featured will be a member of the Illinois Governor's staff, a founder of an education non-profit, a Chicago Public School teacher, and the director of UChicago's Urban Education Institute (UEI). Each will share their own unique personal paths to their current positions, and strive to demonstrate how a variety of skillsets and interests can make a tremendous difference in the field of education. For those interested in cultivating an impactful and dynamic career after college, the field of education offers the perfect path.
Sonia Wang, AB'06, AB'06, MAT'07
Teacher, Principal, University of Chicago Charter School at Woodlawn
Ms. Wang grew up in the west suburbs of Illinois in Bloomingdale. She completed her undergraduate degree in comparative human development before receiving her MAT through UTEP. She received the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship, a fellowship for minority students pursuing a profession in teaching. She is currently a middle school reading and social justice and writing teacher at Clara Barton Elementary School, a Chicago Public School in the Auburn-Gresham/West Englewood area.