Molly Steiner ’18 | University of Portland

Molly Steiner ’18

Molly SteinerEnglish teacher in Mexico, Fulbright Scholar

Majors: Elementary Education & Spanish

“Community outreach and participation are important to me, so I jumped into the School of Education’s program for elementary education field experience. I was grateful for the close relationships with my professors, which ended up being some of my most enriching experiences.

Working as a Service and Justice Coordinator for the Moreau Center for Service and Justice was the most formative experience I had. I learned how to navigate institutions and connect people with passion projects and became entrenched in a community of like-minded people. I also absolutely loved living in Shipstad, which was where I met my best friends.

My professors in education and Spanish, my mentors through the Moreau Center, and my time in Shipstad Hall, showed me how to think critically and act with justice. I gained a critical equity lens, and I am so lucky to have been able to carry that forward in my work as a teacher, in my exploration of social justice issues, and in my personal life.

I’m currently completing my Fulbright grant as an English teacher at a technical high school in Mexico and completing a research project about lifestyles, advocacy practices, and cultural preservation of the Mazahua migrant and indigenous population of Estado de Mexico. I’m still working on becoming a better teacher, and there are times where something that I learned at UP just clicks and I think to myself, ‘Oh so that’s what Dr. ____ meant!’ I’m continually drawing on the skills I gained during my four years."

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