Alumni Update

Tameka Stephenson ’07 teaches fourth grade at P.S. 135, the Sheldon A. Brookner School, in Brooklyn. At a school where 84 percent of students are eligible for free lunch, all of Tameka’s students recently passed their New York state math and reading examinations.

Tameka is respected and well-liked by her students. She notes, “I take great pride in knowing that my students love being around me and that they know I genuinely care for each and every one of them.” In discussing her experience as an urban educator, she adds “I can truly say that I love what I do. There is nothing else that I would rather do than teach.” 

Contact Us

Anne Burns Thomas
Program Coordinator
Cornish Hall, Room 1222-A
607-753-4337

Michael Gray
Graduate Assistant
Cornish Hall
Room 1222
607-753-2450 
cure@cortland.edu

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C.U.R.E. Alumni

The Strength of C.U.R.E.

The strength of the C.U.R.E. program lies in the good work that our alumni are doing in urban schools across New York state. For the past 12 years, the C.U.R.E. program has been preparing highly qualified urban educators who demonstrate passion and commitment for teaching in challenging schools. Testimonials from recent graduates speak to the strong preparation that C.U.R.E. provides: 

What C.U.R.E. did for me was allow me to realize what to expect and how to approach certain aspects that are unique to urban education. They take what you learn in your education classes and then they throw reality at you. They give you a good idea of what it’s going to be like, but not in a missionary sort of way, but a very realistic way that focused not only on the challenges urban students face, but also on their unique strengths – Suzanne Holzer, history teacher, Bronx, N.Y.

Our alumni are becoming leaders in the field, accepting roles as assistant principals in the Syracuse City School District and impressing principals in urban schools. One principal praised a C.U.R.E. graduate teaching in Queens with these words:

I was pleasantly surprised at how prepared [the teacher] was to assume the responsibilities of this environment, both behaviorally and instructionally. I would go so far as to say that [the teacher] was better prepared than her counterparts that we’ve hired from other programs, and we’d be very interested in hiring more graduates of the C.U.R.E program.

How can you get involved with C.U.R.E.?

We are always looking for alumni to help our current students understand what it means to teach in an urban school. There are many ways for you to make C.U.R.E. a better program, including:

  • Providing mentoring to a current C.U.R.E. student who shares your field of study or hometown.
  • Speaking at one of the All C.U.R.E. meetings (remember how important they were?). If you are interested, please contact the C.U.R.E. office.
  • Recruiting potential students to SUNY Cortland and C.U.R.E. Please talk us up to everyone you know who you think will make an excellent urban educator.
  • Alerting the C.U.R.E. coordinator to teaching positions, scholarships and graduate programs that you think would serve C.U.R.E. students well.
  • Staying in touch with the C.U.R.E. office; it always helps for us to report on our wonderful graduates.
  • Writing an alumni update for our newsletter. Let the office know what you are up to so we can share it with the C.U.R.E. community.
  • Directing any of your donations to the Alumni Association to the C.U.R.E. Scholarship Fund.