Mind, Brain, and Education

Mind, Brain, and Education

Alumni & Careers

Meet Recent MBE Students, in their own words

Tim Pure

HGSE Graduation Year: 2007

Undergraduate Institution: Boston University, BA, 1998

Hometown: Westmont, NJ

Why Did You Choose To Attend HGSE?

I had actually started an MTS degree (Masters of Theological Studies) at Harvard Divinity School. I had been a special education teacher, but wanted to get back to what I thought was my passion, which was to pursue advanced studies in religion. However, once at HDS, I found I missed teaching… greatly. At my advisor’s recommendation, I took a course on Universal Design for Learning with David Rose, which convinced me that HGSE was where I would eventually pursue my Ed.M. As someone who had worked in the field of special education for several years, I was seeking an institution that would blend theory and practice. I sought to translate the experiences I had working with students with multiple disabilities into a broader understanding about education, and to improve outcomes for all learners. The faculty were a strong draw for me, as were the sheer resources available to me as I pursued my studies.

What Is Your Current Position?

Assistant Director of the Rutgers-Camden Learning Center and Coordinator of Disability Services at Rutgers-Camden, a campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

How did the MBE program shape and develop your career path?

I’d answer this two-fold. First, it gave me a lens through which to view the students with whom I work. Students come into our office for academic support, and rather than taking a one-size fits all approach, I learned from MBE to treat each student individually and drill down to what each student needs in order to succeed. Also, my work with David Rose and Tom Hehir, specifically, informed much of my work as coordinator of disability services. Universal Design for Learning is a concept that we are increasingly discussing at our campus, including through an innovative faculty and staff training program that we have developed and implemented.  UDL is a concept that I learned in several courses with Professors Rose and Hehir, and it is the lens through which I view much of my work.