Senior Profile: Rebecca Pellegrine Uses Arts To Engage Students


Rebecca Pellegrine, part of Wheelock’s Class of 2016, says she was impressed on her first visit to Wheelock to see the on-campus Wheelock Family Theatre. She says that majoring in Elementary Education and Performing Arts has shown her many different ways to use the arts to engage students. Using movement and drama can be more effective rather than just keeping studentsĀ sitting at their desks. Her first-year placement was in a preschool and she also interned in an afterschool program in Brookline.

“I like helping kids and watching them learn”

For her teaching experience, she worked at the Curley School in Jamaica Plan and the Devotion School in Brookline. “I love second grade,” she says. “I like helping kids and watching them learn. When they finally get something that they’ve been working on for a while, it’s the most rewarding feeling.” Rebecca will attend grad school next year, entering Wheelock’s Integrated Elementary and Special Education master’s program and already has an internship lined up in Boston Public Schools for the fall.

Elementary Education at Wheelock

Teaching is one of the most in-demand and rewarding professions. As an elementary school teacher, you’ll help shape society by educating the next generation of leaders and innovators. Wheelock has a long tradition of preparing skilled and creative teachers who are passionate about making achievement possible for all children. Learn more.

The Arts at Wheelock

The arts define and communicate what it is to be human. They entertain, question, inspire, and inform. Through our Arts majors, you will explore the relationships among art, literature, culture, and history. These programs blend scholarship and artistic process. They teach you to think critically and to express your own creative vision. Learn more.

Integrated Elementary and Special Education Programs

Every year, elementary schools include more children with special needs in mainstream classrooms, creating a more complex learning environment. There is a growing demand for teachers who have the knowledge and skills to meet this challenge.

Wheelock’s Master of Science in Integrated Elementary and Special Education (IESE) programĀ prepared teachers for the realities of the inclusive classroom. This program suits students from a range of professional and academic backgrounds, including recent liberal arts or education graduates, mid-career teaching professionals, and those seeking rewarding career change. Learn more.