Amanda Veiga, Economic and Social Development of Regions
“It's like having one-on-one tutors in a university setting.”
Amanda Veiga teaches seventh-grade social studies. When she decided to pursue a graduate program to enhance her career, she was drawn to UMass Lowell’s master’s program in Economic and Social Development of Regions.
Veiga teaches her students about ancient civilizations and compares them to modern day political and economic systems. The Economic and Social Development of Regions program is a good fit for her, and has already provided strong material for her own lesson plans. “By better educating myself, I am keeping up-to-date and informed with the topics I am covering in my own class,” she says. “I like to remind my students that I am also a student and that learning is a constant process for any career path.”
One of the more memorable projects she has worked on at the University was the St. Patrick’s Church excavation project
in Lowell. As one of six students selected to participate, the group searched for remnants of Irish immigrants. The team was led by visiting archeologists from Queen’s University in Belfast. It was an enlightening experience for the educator. “One week of participating in that dig was the culmination of many history, political, religious and economic classes put together,” says Veiga.
As a teacher, Veiga gives UMass Lowell and the Economic and Social Development of Regions program high marks. “When you have passionate professors who are working within their field and are consistently sharing new ideas and experiences, it’s like having one-on-one tutors in a university setting,” she says.