A conversation with the future New Hampshire educators


The past year and a half has not been easy for teachers as they faced distance and hybrid learning challenges never seen before in education. But optimism remains high among future New Hampshire educators.

Emma Breed and Logan Cassin are both education students at New England College looking to become teachers right here at Granite State.

Breed, 19, who grew up in Hillsboro is a sophomore elementary school teacher working toward her K-6 teacher certification. She would like to become a class teacher for grades K-2.

Cassin, also 19, grew up in Penacook and is studying in the second year of secondary school with a focus on secondary sciences. He wants to become a social studies teacher in a high school and later a headmaster.

Breed and Cassin each sat down with the Concord monitor talk about how they were drawn to become teachers and their hopes for the future. The following transcript has been compressed and edited for length and clarity.

Question: What made you want to become a teacher?

Emma breed – When I was in sixth grade, I started volunteering at a kindergarten in the district where I went to school. After that I thought, ‘Let’s see where this is going’ and I started getting involved in other areas where the students were the focus. In the classroom that I was in I’ve seen all of these kids really want to learn, which older kids don’t necessarily do. But I think it starts at the base of where kids learn. Having a group of children where you can teach them why it is important to learn and help them nurture the love of learning at this point was something I wanted to do.

Logan Cassin – If you are visiting Merrimack Valley in your sophomore and sophomore years, you will have the option to attend the Concord Regional Technical Center (CRTC). I went there, it was called Teacher Prep at the time, but it switched to behavioral science in my sophomore year. There they have their own laboratory with preschoolers. Even if preschool isn’t exactly my thing, going there and hanging out with the kids and teaching activities was an instant attraction. Knowing that I can go in there and make a difference in some way was enjoyable. That triggered it for me.

Q: How did you choose your focus?

LC – In my senior year, I did an internship in a middle school English class, and the dedicated children had very detailed discussions and I was able to put my head in and ask more questions. I think for me at the high school level, the course material and intense mindset attracted me to that specific aspect. When it comes to social studies, I’ve always loved history. The winners tell a lot of history, but all of the details that are sometimes forgotten in the story open up new questions for you with each fact you learn.

EB – I’m primarily interested in K-2 because your mind is currently actively learning new things and you are starting to develop that interest in the world around you and being able to do something about it. At this point, their imaginations are still running and they are getting answers to their questions. And I think I would really enjoy being someone who can answer those questions.

Q: Are you optimistic about the teacher labor market?

EB – I do this because I think teachers are always necessary. I think we are realizing that more than ever with the pandemic when everyone went to distance learning. There are resources online to help students learn, but ultimately people have realized that students have questions that need answers and sometimes they cannot get those direct answers from a digital resource. While these digital resources can be incredibly helpful and help teachers answer these questions, I think the person-to-person connection is really important.

LC – I am definitely optimistic. I had many educators who were very experienced in their field. I had a couple of retirees who had been in training for 20 or more years when I graduated, so I think that from our perspective as students, we instilled something into ourselves that if we go anywhere, we keep teaching have long been.

Q: What should teachers remember about life as a student?

LC – Not every student wants to be in your classroom. In most high schools in particular, you go from class to class and check boxes to get a diploma. So if you can make your lessons fun, inventive, and these students enjoy it … it makes a big difference. Many teachers can look back on classes they were in and incorporate them into your own. I think one of the best things about the teaching profession is seeing your student experiences and bringing them to your teaching.

EB – At NEC we practice making lesson plans and teaching them each other, developing hooks and all these different ways to engage students and every time I need to relate it, ‘Well what would I have really enjoyed?’ or ‘I did something similar in my school days, what worked or didn’t?’ You need to put yourself in the mind of your students.

Q: What do you look forward to most about your first teaching assignment?

EB – I look forward to applying everything I have learned at NEC. I’ve worked with children for a long time, but with all that background there is still so much to learn. As a teacher, you will be constantly learning new things about your class and better ways of doing it, and it really comes from reflective practice.

LC – One of the big things I’m looking forward to is doing a full year of school because that’s the biggest challenge in my opinion. Once you have completed this full year you can start thinking about what you did and improving it. Every new thing you change about a course is going to teach you so much about yourself and your students, and it’s a development that never stops.


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