Field experience leads to rewarding full-time position
by Madison Moore ’15
As a secondary education major, Samantha Billig ’08 was required to get experience in the field in order to graduate. The requirement allowed her to gain the skills of a teacher, and it strengthened her decision in selecting business education as her career path.
Billig chose DelVal for its “at home” feel and the education program. She quickly found that her professors were “always available” and willing to get to know her as a person, not just as a student. To this day, she still keeps in contact with some of her professors, seven years later.
Currently, Billig is a business education teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, NJ. She was placed at Hunterdon Central for student teaching and was offered a position afterwards.
“I have taught over 2,100 students with different learning styles and levels,” said Billig.
Billig was honored to be nominated by a student and selected from more than 1,000 applications as a 2014 Philadelphia Phillies Teacher of the Year (honorable mention). In the 2014-2015 year she was honored “Hunterdon Central’s Teacher of the Year,” and recently found out she will be the 2015-2016 “Hunterdon County Teacher of the Year.”
She said that without DelVal’s help, she wouldn’t have had the “awesome” opportunities she encountered in her career in education.
As a sophomore and junior, she completed many hours of field experience “observing different schools and classes.” She was able to see the requirements of being a teacher, including the planning, preparation, instruction and professionalism. Her junior year, she worked on a marketing internship through the admission office at DelVal. The company was GoalQuest in New York City, and she was able to organize meetings, focus groups and compile data.
Billig also worked in the DelVal admission office during the school year and in the summer. From all of her experiences at DelVal, Billig recommends that freshmen get involved and get to know their professors right away, as they provide a great opportunity for networking.
“Let your professors know your goals and aspirations and let them help you,” said Billig. “Their connections may open up doors for you now or in the future!”