|David Bedard `09|
David Bédard `09
What Being an Alumnus Means to Me...
In five short words - I owe Manhattanville a lot.
Through the sacrifices made, love, and support of my Mother Evelyn, Father Raymond, and sister Kathy, Manhattanville undoubtedly led and prepared me for my first teaching job, and my career in education today. I can still remember meeting Poppy Cummings and Linn Jackson from Educator's Ally in the castle at a job fair held by Manhattanville's School of Ed. They wanted me to submit a cover letter, résumé, and letters of recommendation to them as soon as possible. Where did I receive cover letter and résumé guidance from you ask? That's right, I made my way right over to the Center for Career Development the next day looking for help, where Susan Eisman, Roberta Fisher, and Lyn Nelson were happy assist. How was I able to have anything noteworthy on my résumé that would interest an employer you ask? The answer again is Manhattanville.
It was role models like the enthusiastic Craig Donnelly, Karen King-Sheridan, and Fr. Wil Tyrrell at the Duchesne Center exposing me to many types of community service experience and taking me on service trips and conferences. It was good-hearted mentor teachers like Robert Barrett and Barbara Terracciano, who in partnership with Manhattanville, allowed me to observe, ask questions, and teach lessons in their classrooms while offering me crucial feedback. It was because of dedicated staff like Ross Novak, Elizabeth Ching-Bush, Brandon Dawson, Rocco Cappello and the rest of the Residence Life department for helping me grow as a person and take on responsibilities. It was inspiring professors like Professor Ashkinaze, Dr. Chris Siry, Professor Heckendorn, Dr. Shelley Wepner, Dr. Jane Gangi, Professor Carson as well as many other that got me excited, and positioned me for a career in teaching. It was because of the strong friendships I found at Manhattanville that kept my spirits up for my entire four years even when things weren't easy. In fact, my closest friends today, are the ones I met while I was a Manhattanville student.
From knowledgeable professors who truly cared and believed in what they were teaching; to the helpful staff who provided guidance and opportunities; to friendships I know will last a lifetime (like I said) - I owe Manhattanville a lot.
I know there must be current students passionate about getting as much, or even more, out of their Manhattanville experience. My wish for them, is that they leave feeling the same way I do - proud to call Manhattanville College the school they graduated from. Proud to be an alumni.
David Bédard '09 graduated President of his Senior Class; Vice-President of the Omega Xi chapter of the educational honor society Kappa Delta Pi; with Portfolio Distinction as well as Education Departmental Distinction, and was one of ten from his class to receive the Castle Pin Award for "...seniors who have demonstrated leadership above and beyond what any role, job or scholarship may require of them".
Having majored in Childhood Ed. and Psychology with a History minor, and having completed his student teaching at the Thomas A. Edison School in Port Chester, David was hired by the Rye Country Day School (RCDS) for a two year Assistant Teacher position. He taught in a Kindergarten his first year, and in a 1st Grade classroom his second, while also running "Clay Club" and "Magic Club" after school for 3rd and 4th Graders. His clubs participants even learned enough to put on a magic show for their parents! At RCDS, David taught during the day, and attended graduate classes at night to earn his Masters in Literacy Education from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
David was then hired by The Brick Church School preschool, located in Manhattan, as an Assistant Teacher becoming the school's first male classroom teacher in their 71 year history. In his three years-to-date at Brick, he has been sent to attend two National Conferences (2011 NAEYC in Orlando; 2013 NAEYC in Washington D.C.), as well as the 2013 NYSAIS Brain Conference in New Paltz, NY. In March, David was one of two teachers selected by his school to travel over spring break to Monrovia, Liberia to bring books, supplies, professional development, medicine and a guitar to the African Dream Academy (www.africandreamacademy.org).
While teaching at Brick, David has had the privilege of instructing for the Daniel's Music Foundation (www.danielsmusic.org), which is a non-profit organization that provides free musical instruction to all individuals with disabilities in the NYC area to build a community that opens doors to acceptance, respect, confidence and overall well being for its members. In DMF's most recent semester, David instructed six different music classes including one for members learning the guitar.
On Saturday mornings he has begun working as a basketball coach for the DRIBBL program, and this summer David can be found for his third summer as a counselor for the Dalton Summer Camp in New York City.