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It takes conviction and a belief in what the law represents to be a public criminal defender in big cities like New York. A passion for justice and fairness was instilled in Touro College Jacob D. Fuschberg Law Center Class of 2013 graduate Ga’Kia E. Gray early on in life. Her father was a professional baseball player in the days before superstar agents and big unions, and his career suffered from subpar representation. Gray still wishes she could have been there to protect her dad’s rights, and has redirected that sense of purpose to individuals ensnared in the justice system or accused of misconduct.
Growing up in Staten Island, Trish Franzen was constantly surrounded by communities of disparate ethnic and racial backgrounds. Having been sensitive to that environment all her life, it’s not a huge surprise that she’d eventually teach English as a second language. But it wasn’t until earning her undergrad accreditation in Early Childhood Education from the College of Staten Island [CSI] that Franzen made the essential decision to then enroll for her Masters in the TESOL program (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Touro’s Graduate School of Education. “When I was in my student teaching [while at CSI], I found myself drawn toward the ESL students and their struggles and what they were all about,” she explains. “I really enjoyed working with them. It made me want to focus on the growing population of ESL students in the DOE and their very specific needs.”
It takes a certain education-hungry mind to acquire their Ph.D from MIT, followed by an MBA from Harvard, and still decide there’s more to learn. Or, for longtime management-consultant Guy Manuel, a desire to apply his decades of experience in a different environment: the classroom. That’s why, in 2010, after 22 years in the business world, Manuel pursued—and recently completed—his Masters in Mathematics Education at Touro.
Even when it comes to one’s education and career, the third time can be a charm. Or in the case of Brooklyn-born, Riker’s Island Mental Health Clinician Josh Rosenthal, a third Masters degree. In the mid-2000s, after spending 22 years as an IT executive Vice President for JP Morgan Chase Bank—and despite already being in his 50s—Rosenthal decided to enroll in Touro’s Graduate School of Psychology to pursue certification in Mental Health Counseling. What would motivate an individual toward such a drastic, mid-life change in ambition, you may ask?