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Meet Mari Saade: Special Education Alum & Middle School Resource Specialist

Published May 5, 2020

Mari Saade ('17), alumna of the College of Education’s master’s degree in Special Education shares her experience about the program.

 

Mari Saade
Mari Saade

 

 

 

How has obtaining this degree and/or credential positively affected your employment experiences and life overall? 

 

Earning my Master’s in Special Education has influenced how I interact with students and their families as well as colleagues and administrators. The coursework and class discussions helped me to challenge and expand my own worldview while also learning how to advocate for students and their families in positive and productive ways.  

 

Where are you currently working and what is your title/position? Please also include a brief description of your job, if necessary. Please also let us know if you have earned, or are in the process of earning an additional degree or credential since you finished this program.  If so, what is it, when earned (or will be earned), and from where? 

 

I am a resource specialist at Zamboni Middle School in Paramount Unified. I co-teach four language arts classes and serve as case carrier for about 25 students.  

  

What advice do you have for a prospective student to your program? 

 

My advice for prospective students is to be fully present in your classes. It’s easy to bring work stress to campus and want to lesson plan and check emails in class, but that can lead to getting lost and falling behind in discussions and coursework. I found that unplugging from work at the end of the day helped me to grow more as a teacher in the long run because I tried to get the most out of class time. 

  

What was your favorite/most memorable part of being a graduate student at CSULB? 

 

My favorite part of being a graduate student at CSULB was having the same professors for different classes throughout the program. I felt like the faculty was strongly invested in our growth and success and were always, sometimes brutally, honest about our quality of work and progress toward each of our individual goals. 

 

 

 

 

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