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"Between the amazing cooperating teachers I found, engaging class discussions and more, I have been beyond prepared for my graduate work at Syracuse University. I just wanted to thank everyone for providing me with fabulous mentors and awesome strategies! I already feel ahead of the game. Thanks to the education department for shaping my academic experience and inspiring me to become a passionate educator!"

-Sarah Allen '13, Sociology and Anthropology major, Elementary Education minor

Meet the Graduates

Wells students who participate in our education program can receive their certification and begin teaching soon after graduation.


jean-pierre rosasJean-Pierre Rosas, class of 2012, graduated from Wells with a major in Spanish and a minor in Adolescence Education. He immediately went on to receive his master’s degree from SUNY Oswego in English Language Learning and Teaching Students with Disabilities (grades 7-12). Jean-Pierre is currently teaching English Language Learners for the Syracuse City School District.

"The Wells Education Program gave me a foundation and the necessary tools to excel in my graduate studies. Their education program shaped me into the person I've become in order to be an effective educator in the classroom." 



lisa zellerAfter graduating from Wells College in 2011 with her initial certification in Biology (grades 7-12), Lisa Zeller completed her Master's degree at the Margret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester where she studied inclusive education while focusing on Biology and Chemistry. Currently, Lisa is working as a seventh grade science teacher at the World of Inquiry, an expeditionary learning school in the Rochester City School District. Lisa is also an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester, teaching courses for undergraduate students interested in science education. 

“At Wells College, I was able to develop and strengthen my self-confidence as a teacher through multiple teaching experiences at the secondary and collegiate levels. With the support from the education professors and my peers, I was able to create a portfolio of teaching strategies . . . which I continue to implement in my classroom today. “


Sarah Allen graduated from Wells in 2013 with a major in Psychology, a minor in Childhood Education and her initial certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6). A recipient of the Frances Tarlton Farenthold Leadership Award, Sarah is currently enrolled in Syracuse University’s Inclusive Education Program, working towards her Professional Certification in Childhood Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities.

“Between the amazing cooperating teachers you found, engaging class discussions, and more, I have been beyond prepared for my graduate work at Syracuse [University]. I just wanted to thank you all for providing me with fabulous mentors (yourselves) and awesome strategies! I already feel ahead of the game and I'm only going into my fourth week of classes!

Thank you all for shaping my experience as a Wells Woman and inspiring me to become a passionate educator!”


Nicole (Montgomery) Sandoval received her B.A. from Wells in 2011 with a major in Spanish, a minor in Adolescence Education, and her initial New York State certification in Spanish (7-12).  She earned her master's degree from the University of Albany in Teaching English as a Second Language and now, with dual certification in Spanish 7-12 and TESOL K-12, Nicole is a middle and high school Spanish teacher in a well-regarded school district close to her hometown.  

“The Wells College education department thoroughly prepared me to begin my journey as an educator.  At the core of the Wells education department is a passion and commitment for teaching and learning.  My education professors modeled the art of teaching in their classes and showed, rather than told, how to create a classroom community that fosters curiosity and learning.  Classes were engaging, rigorous, and focused on essential and current issues in education.  As a second year teacher, I still refer to carefully selected course texts from Wells, remember suggestions my professors offered during my countless observations, use  materials I created during student teaching , and contact fellow education students to share ideas and resources.  My passion for teaching was ignited at Wells and supported by professors who are second to none.”