Steven Birkeland's Learning Story


My story is true and from the heart. In the Fall of 2009, I began the journey into my next step of my educational career. After two interviews and glowing recommendations from my supervisors, I was awarded a scholarship to attend Bank Street College of Education to pursue my Leadership in Educational Change degree to become a school leader.
My current position is as a school counselor in the South Bronx working for the New York City Department of Education. I hope to rise up to the position of Secretary of Education after more experience throughout the state and country to assist in supporting and implementing policy that works for our students, staff and country to become globally competitive and close the global achievement gap.
My experience so far in the South Bronx has been eye opening. My students respond to the interventions both academic and social/emotional in and out of the classroom. They take with them these skills and transform their lives in every day life to become productive citizens of the world and bring a message of change to their community. We work hard to gain parental involvement and the parents who come on board are active and willing to help any day of the week. I look forward to more experiences like this in the years to come and toward making an impact on the future of this great country and the students who study and learn in the halls of our schools nationwide.