WNY Teacher Residency Student Stories


WNY Cohort

Students who have completed the Canisius Western New York Residency praise the program for it's practical knowledge and the relationships built. 

The first cohort of teacher residency students achieved a 100% job placement rate in the field. 

Hear From Our Students

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Jannatul F. 

"It was an awesome experience to get that opportunity to be a part of WNYTR. Being from a different culture and background, I have never felt I am alone or I am not heard! I have been so lucky to get that outstanding support and advice from all of my professors from the program itself. I want to specially mention the residency experience. That opportunity really helps me to see myself through the eyes of the school aged kids where I am working right now, as well as how to connect all those practices that we are learning at colleges to our real-life classroom environment, which was really necessary to see myself growing. Thank you ALL in WNYTR! I could not be more thankful!"

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Lauren R. 

"I am beyond grateful to WNYTR for supporting me to become the teacher I am today. The unique experience of work side-by-side with a mentor teacher from the beginning of the year to end is an experience you can not achieve with traditional student teaching. I feel confident in my abilities and ready for a profession where I know my role is having a positive impact on my future students and community! The connections I have made with my classroom are ones I will remember for a long time! With the help of Canisius, my mentor teacher, and my amazing students, I know that I am not only entering my career as a teacher, but a high-quality educator. "


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Christine B. 

"I joined the WNYTR program after looking long and hard at what would give me the best foundation for a long, successful career in education. The most valuable part of this program to me has been, the residency itself. I won’t lie, my experience in the WNYTR has been a rather unique one and at times far from ideal, but despite the challenges I do not think I could have gotten a better education and foundation to start my teaching career. Canisius is filled with some of the kindest and most supportive individuals I’ve had the pleasure of encountering. The WNYTR faculty and staff are genuinely invested in your success both in and out of the classroom."

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Claire G. 

"I joined WNYTR because of the residency year. There is nothing better than getting an entire year of experience with a mentor teacher. I have learned more from my mentor teacher than I ever expected. The most valuable part of this experience is the relationships you build with students. Spending an entire year in the classroom helps you form relationships that strengthen your teaching. I can’t imagine having any other experience!"

phoenix brown

Phoenix Brown 

“Being part of the residency program has shown me that I made for this profession. The relationships I’ve built, from all my students to my coworkers, and fellow cohort members will be with me the rest of my life and I genuinely look forward to trying to plant that same feeling of certainty to my students for the rest of my career.” 

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Jess Dillon 

"Every day, I have the opportunity to empower young voices, to encourage them to speak up and to stand out and to be brave in the face of adversity. They are learning not only how to change the world, but that they are the individuals who can make it happen."

seth ehrenberg

Seth Ehrenberg 

“What I really enjoy about the WNYTR program is the fact that I’m in a classroom, building relationships with my students over the course of a whole year rather than just a 6-7 week placement. It makes it easier to understand their style of learning and make sure I’m adapting to all of their needs. In addition, my students are able to get to know me and can see the joy I have when teaching topics that I am passionate about.”

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Savannah Jonathan 

“I loved being able to be in a classroom full-time, all year long. It has helped me develop into a better teacher by getting such a valuable experience. I can also apply what I am learning in my graduate classes in a live classroom. The relationships I have been able to build with my students, and the connections I have made I will always remember.”

gabby threet

Gabby Threet 

"I want to become an educator in the urban community to help students academically and to be a relatable teacher that can help students through their life circumstances. The teacher residency program allows me to learn how to meet my student's academic needs, while also teaching them to have a GRIT attitude."

Briana Williams

Briana Williams 

“I can only dedicate this to you (WNYTR Co-director, Joyce Fanning). Thank you for everything. Because of you I have been prepared for one of the most challenging tasks I have had to date. Thank you! I will be forever grateful for you.”

“I enjoy having the opportunity to be fully immersed in one classroom from the beginning of the school year until the end. I have had the most meaningful connections with my students because of the relationship we have been able to develop and maintain!”