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Nelson Echandy Jr

Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education

Posted in: Spotlights

Program (Degree and Major): Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Why did you choose this field of study? Why did you choose the program at Montclair State University?

My experiences coaching in my community and volunteering in a STEAM program in an inner-city elementary school inspired me to combine my love of sports and teaching. I chose the program at Montclair State University because I felt it would prepare me to be the educator I envision.

What are the best parts of your program?

The best parts of the program at Montclair State are the opportunities for hands-on experiences and the support I receive from professors, staff, and students. There is a true sense of community that has allowed me to grow professionally. Included are my fellow Veterans as part of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society that provides support and opportunities to those that serve our country. I am a United States Marine Corps Veteran.

What advice would you give to a prospective student in your field?

Take advantage of all the programs and ask for help. Be proactive and find opportunities to participate in hands-on, real-life experiences. Communication is key, ask questions, and take responsibility for your learning.

How is your program preparing you for working in your field?

The Montclair State University teaching program has provided me with opportunities to work with students as part of my adaptive teaching course and school observations in different districts. As the program progresses, we learn to create units of study that will be used during our professional careers.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your program, the College of Education & Human Services, or Montclair State University that we haven’t asked about?

Yes, joining the Holmes Honors Program. This program provides students with mentor teachers of color who share real-life struggles and experiences in schools due to racial inequalities. The cohort of staff and teachers in the program share the same sentiments and work together to bring much-needed change to all schools so that all students regardless of race, are given equal learning opportunities.