Gabrielle Byrne, Catholic '22, is an Elementary Education major from Somerdale, NJ. After graduation, she'll be working as a 3rd Grade Teacher at St. Agnes School in Arlington, VA.

Briefly describe your new job opportunity.

"Starting in August, I will be working as a 3rd grade teacher at St. Agnes school in Arlington, VA! I am so excited to work with this wonderful group of teachers and students."

How did your Catholic University education help you find this career path?

"During my time in the Catholic University Education department I have been extremely lucky to receive so much support and encouragement. From early on in my program we were given the opportunity to work in a variety of school settings preparing us for the day we would be in our own classroom. This all culminated in my wonderful student teaching experience in Fall 2021. I would not have found this path at Catholic University had it not been for the faculty of the Education Department.

Starting at Catholic, I was a Media Studies major and through reflection and conversations with Dr. Cave I found my home in the Elementary Ed. program. I wouldn’t be the educator I am today without the support from Dr. Bojczyk and Dr. Mitchell in helping me to find a place to call home after my time at Catholic University!"

What activities were you involved in during undergrad?

"Most of the time you could find me waitressing at Murphy’s Grill! When I wasn’t working at Murphy’s I was involved with CUA College Democrats and She’s the First student organization. I was also a peer mentor for Forging Friendships here on campus helping students navigate their first year at college."

What were some highlights of your time at Catholic University?

"All the highlights from the last four years have one thing in common and that is the friends I made during my time here. Whether it was late nights studying in the Library or driving home from our student teaching site, my friends made it a great memory. I’ll definitely miss spending time with them the most when we leave Catholic University."

What advice do you have for students during their job search? 

"I would tell others that figuring out what post-grad life looks like can be intimidating, but to not rush into any decisions. Don't take the first job that comes your way or enroll in a graduate program because you aren't sure what the next step is. I would encourage others to take a deep breath and take your time finding a post-grad plan that supports you and provides an environment that fits your needs. There is no set timeline so celebrate your accomplishments and figure out what is best for you post-grad."