Arts & Humanities
Post Baccalaureate of English and Secondary Education
English AP Teacher
Susan Hopkins has more than 10 years of teaching experience in secondary education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Advertising from the University of Nebraska ñ Lincoln and earned a Post Baccalaureate of English and Secondary Education from Queens University in 2005. Before entering the field of education, Hopkins worked within public relations, as a freelance writer, and as a newspaper reporter. Along with teaching English honors and AP courses, Hopkins has experience as an ELS instructor and journalism advisor, where she was responsible for the production of a monthly student newspaper the management of the student newspaper staff. She currently teaches AP English to high school students in North Carolina.
Why did you choose to major in English and secondary education?
I chose to major in English when I was offered a teaching position while interviewing the principal of a local high school for a local newspaper. My first degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. I accepted the position and attended a local university at night to earn a Post Baccalaureate in English Education.
What did you like/dislike about majoring in English and secondary education?
I loved the literature, especially Shakespeare. I rediscovered texts that I had not enjoyed or appreciated as a teenager. I disliked the education courses meant to teach me how to be an effective educator. I also realized I was not being prepared for any other career other than teaching.
How has your major impacted your career or influenced your career path?
Since this is my third career (following public relations and freelance writing), I know the English major broadened my interests, developed critical reading skills, and better prepared me for a return to corporate America if the opportunity should arise. Today, I am a more active reader and stronger communicator via written language. I truly wish I had majored in English, in addition to journalism, as an undergraduate student.
What knowledge/skills did you obtain from majoring in English and secondary education that you still put to use in your current position?
My communication skills are definitely stronger. My ability to analyze written texts has improved also. I strongly believe that developing strong skills in English directly impacts success in other academic disciplines. The ability to analyze and communicate effectively is necessary in all facets of life.
What advice would you give to students thinking about majoring in English?
Double major! English is important, but our society requires specific academic course work for most career paths. While English coursework enhances skills necessary for the marketplace, an English degree alone is not recognized as viable preparation for most jobs.