Rachel St. Hilaire

profile photo Rachel St. Hilaire

Master of Education- Teaching, Learning & Development

Research Adviser: Tiffany Gallagher

Program Entry Date: Fall 2017

Research Topic

In today’s society, technology is ubiquitous; therefore, educators should integrate technology in advantageous ways to support student learning. However, educators are overwhelmed with pressure for technology use in their classrooms, and many lack the adequate training, skills, or time to properly accomplish this. Therefore, the purpose of my research is to collaborate with kindergarten educators to implement technology into their everyday practices to support the reading development of their students.


 What made you choose Brock?

I initially chose Brock because of its established Concurrent Education program. Additionally, since I come from a small town, I appreciated being surrounded by nature. I loved my first five years here for my undergraduate degree and Teacher Education. I appreciated the small class sizes and liked the community, opportunity, and the professors. When it came time to choose where I would complete my MEd, it wasn’t much of a choice; I knew that I wanted to stay at Brock. I have been here for 7 years now, and will soon graduate with my 3rd degree!

What are your tips for thriving in grad school?

Thriving in grad school is a subjective topic, as each person pursuing different programs has different experiences, however there are a couple tips I can share. Being proactive and organized are definitely two key traits that can help a grad student succeed in their program. Having an idea of what you want to research prior to applying for grad school can help you quickly narrow your focus and find a supervisor. Finding a supervisor is difficult for some students, so it is best to start your search early and find a professor who aligns with your research interests and is able to support your timely progression through the program.

How is being a graduate student different from being an undergraduate student?

Being a graduate student is different from being an undergraduate student mainly because it is more difficult. However, you have the freedom and autonomy to pursue your research interests. More is expected of you as a grad student, but you also receive more respect and have more opportunities.

Do you feel your degree has prepared you for your plans academically and otherwise?

I am grateful that I have had so many unique experiences at Brock through my graduate program that have allowed me to broaden my skill set and experience different aspects of being a researcher and an academic. These experiences have made me more confident in my abilities and inclined me to pursue different paths than I originally thought.

What are your next steps?

My next steps are to finish writing my thesis document and prepare for my defense. Long-term, I hope to gain teaching experience and prepare myself to become a principal, or complete my PhD. Knowing that my education at Brock has prepared me to pursue my passions makes me excited for what is to come!