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Outcomes & Alumni Success

College of Education

Allison Marlow

Allison Marlow, '19 | Masters of Arts in Teaching

"I received my B.A. from Belmont in Communication Studies with a minor in Education in 2018 and went right into the MAT program, graduating with my Masters of Arts in Teaching in 2019. The 4+1 Program was one thing that drew me to Belmont and has set me up for success as a teacher.

In undergrad I spent so many hours in classrooms all over Nashville observing and learning from countless incredible teachers. During the Masters program I spent a year student teaching and learning with two outstanding educators. All of this experience left me feeling ready for my own classroom. From organizing and setting up my room, to establishing routines and procedures I was shaped, influenced, and more than prepared from all of my practicum experiences at Belmont.

I am now in my 4th year teaching Kindergarten at an MNPS school, in my 2nd year as Kindergarten team lead, was voted Teacher of the Year at my school this November, and most recently was selected as a district finalist for Teacher of the Year! I am still stunned to be selected as a top 3 finalist for Elementary MNPS T.O.Y but I know Belmont prepared me for each and every step of my career in education.

By majoring in Communication Studies in undergrad I feel uniquely prepared for the different aspects of teaching - as a team leader, knowing how to communicate and conduct myself professionally, communicating with families, and as a mentor to current university students aspiring to become educators."

Kindergarten Team Lead | Metro Nashville Public Schools

Lauren Brinkley

Lauren Brinkley

“Belmont's College of Education was a huge part of setting me up for a successful career in education. I've been working in MNPS for fifteen years now in various roles and school settings, and my preparation at Belmont has helped me to navigate each new challenge well. The way I was mentored by my professors at Belmont has helped me to mentor and coach newer teachers in my own career."

  • MAT and EL endorsement 2011
  • SIFE (Students with Interrupted Formal Education) teacher
  • Eagle View Elementary
  • Year 15 in MNPS!

Rachael Ault

Rachael Ault

Rachael Ault graduated from Belmont University in 2021 and now teaches at St. Michael's Catholic School in Aylesbury, UK. She teaches English for years 7-11.