Emily Bahena ’17
Sophomore Classical Literature teacher, Nicole Amato recently was invited to write an article about education for The New York Times after her professor, Paul Thomas, recommended her. Thomas expressed his feelings of lack of teachers’ voices in social media; when he got the attention of The New York Times, he recommended Amato. She was assigned to an opinion article about whether or not there should be more funding for public schools in order to improve education.
Amato was one of seven writers invited to share their opinion about school fundings. Amato stated, “In public schools, I had no resources and funding, but here at Pritzker, I have a lot of resources and funding.” She shared her experience as a public school teacher and a Noble school teacher. The other six writers weren’t all teachers. Two were education professors, one was an economist, and two were education writers, according to Amato.
When she was asked to write for The New York Times, she became excited. She immediately told her sister and father when she found out, and they were also excited for her. Thomas, Amato’s professor, stated that he is “Very proud of [Amato] as a professional, an educator, and of course, for offering her experienced voice so well in a major publication.” Thomas also believes that her article was excellent with a well-detailed perspective of being a teacher in the real world.
For her writing process, Amato stated, “I didn’t brainstorm like I usually teach you guys to do in class. I just write even if it doesn’t make sense, and later, I go back and edit.” She received some help from Kaellagh Cassidy, World History teacher, Allison Fifolt, sophomore math teacher, and her professor Thomas. They helped out on content and clearing it up to make it understandable.
Amato said, “This is something I can now talk about on resumes and in interviews.” The opportunity she had was not only an excitement for her, but also a great help in school and in her life.
Amato is currently working on getting her Ph.D. and said this opportunity will help her in her applications for grad school and in life as well.