• New Teacher Profile: Jennifer Doo

    by  • September 23, 2016 • Homepage, Local, New Teachers • 0 Comments

    BY MAKESHA MERCEDAT & AILIN TORO

    Jennifer Doo is a new addition to Malden High School staff this year. She was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from UMASS Amherst. She’s lived in Malden for almost ten years. She says that she loves Malden and the community and she was really excited to teach at one of the schools. However, before Doo began teaching, she gave back to the different communities in a variety of ways for different organizations organizations.

    Out of college, Doo began to travel abroad. She started out by serving in the Peace Corps for two years. She also traveled to different countries and even taught the English language for a year in China. She then worked at nonprofits in administrative positions for organizations that she said had “huge local missions.” Those organizations being Best Buddies (a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping people with autism and other developmental disabilities), Horizons from Homeless Children (dedicated serving to homeless children and families)  and Youth for Understanding (is a non-profit organization that offers you the possibility to work or study a year, semester or summer in a foreign country.)

    Even though Doo loved working for these organizations, she missed teaching because she wanted to interact with students and inspire them to learn new things. She wanted to try to have a real teaching position and started her career out at Lawrence High School, here in Massachusetts, where she stayed for four years.

    When asked why Doo chose to be an ELL teacher, she said that she cares a lot about culture and not just the grammar and reading aspects of English. She wants her students to embrace diversity and through this class she is able to do that.   Although there were some hesitancies because she was not sure if she was ready to officially be a teacher, Doo says it turned out to be “a really good decision.” So far, Doo says she enjoys teaching at Malden High. She is especially happy with the “love and support she sees in the hallways and in [her] classroom” from her students. She also loves the diversity Malden High has to offer.

    In her free time, Doo likes to play tennis, read, and spend time with her friends and family. Doo speaks some Chinese, English, and very little Spanish but she is practicing and trying to learn more.

    You can find Doo in room J362.

    Jennifer Doo. Photo by Ryan Hames

    Jennifer Doo. Photo by Ryan Hames.

    About

    Makesha Mercedat is a sophomore at Malden High School and a valuable new member to the Blue and Gold. Two passions that led to her interest in journalism are reading and writing. Mercedat’s favorite book is “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel because “it went in depth with religion and other topics of the world around [her],” as stated by Mercedat. In her free time, Mercedat likes to run, watch political dramas, and listen to hip-hop and rock music, with her favorite artists being The 1975, Kendrick Lamar, and Chance the Rapper. She also loves the Back to the Future and Jaws trilogies. Mercedat joined the Blue and Gold because she wants to be more involved this year and saw joining the class as a great opportunity to kickstart her future career. Her goals range from doing well in her classes to being more involved in school the next few years as well as more long term aspirations like using her voice and writing to help shape the world around her.

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