Meet the New Teachers: Ms. Manuela CurutchetMs. Manuela Curutchet is a new addition to the Rutgers Prep World Language Department. She teaches both French and Spanish in the Upper School and in the Middle School. Some members of the Rutgers Prep community may recognize Ms. Curutchet as she an alumna of the school. She graduated from Prep in 2010. Other members of her family are also part of the RPS community. Her mother, Mrs. Stevenson is also a World Language teacher in the Middle School. Ms. Curutchet’s younger sisters Natalia and Andrea also attended RPS and graduated a couple of years ago. Ms. Curutchet describes her situation by something a colleague told her: “I’m an interesting mix of a bright-eyed new teacher and a grizzled veteran.” She also added that she is ecstatic to be back: “Coming back to Prep’s community feels like coming home, but it’s also an incredible professional opportunity to get to work with this indefatigable faculty. It’s almost cheesy how inspired I am every single day by the students and staff here.” After graduation, Ms. Curutchet continued her education journey at Eugene Lang College of the New School in Manhattan. She majored in Global Studies and earned her bachelor’s degree in 2014. Some may also recognize Ms. Curutchet from last year. She subbed in for Mrs. Garrow’s classes during the second half of the year while Mrs. Garrow was on maternity leave. However, this is Ms. Curutchet’s first official year as a teacher. As a World Language teacher, her goal is to “Help my students discover a love of learning languages– I think it’s incredibly fun and I hope to inspire my students to see it that way too. As a member of the community, she also wants to, “Make sure that my classroom is a safe space for everyone.” Outside of school, Ms. Curutchet enjoys doing some of the same activities she loved to do as a student: “Many of my favorite activities today I started when I was a student: drawing and painting, drama, and creative writing, for example.” She also read lots of novels and listen to podcasts about politics, Latinx issues, science, technology, and history. She believes you should never stop learning. One thing that Ms. Curutchet wants students to know is, “I remember what it’s like being a student– I know you’re working really hard and that your attention is being pulled in a million directions. I want them to come to me with their questions or concerns. If I can see that they’re making a concerted effort, that counts for a whole heck of a lot.” That being said, Ms. Curutchet will continue to be a great member, both as an alumna and as a teacher, to our wonderful and diverse community.
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