For the Love of Learning

Touro GSE Graduate Prepares High School Students for Next Step

January 16, 2019

For Touro College Graduate School of Education ‘10 alumna Tracee Murren, each day is an opportunity to make a difference.

“I really enjoy coming to work,” said Murren, interim acting principal of Kingsborough Early College Secondary School (KECSS). “I don’t think I could wake up in the morning to do something else. I come from a family of educators and I love everything about the field of education. There is nothing quite like making students aware of something they didn’t know before.”

Part of KECSS’s mission is to bridge the gap between middle school, high school and college, so their student body can see the goal of high school graduation and a college degree as within their reach. The school allows students to take college courses and earn their associate degree while still in high school. Prior to becoming principal and, seeking to transition to a school administrator role, Murren enrolled in the Touro College Graduate School of Education School Leadership track.

“Touro trained me to be an effective school leader,” she continued. “It wasn’t only the theories that I learned, but what I gained from the real-life examples the professors provided us with from their own experiences as school leaders. My education [at GSE] was indispensable.”

As a former teacher, Murren said that she is also aware of how important it is to ensure that her own teachers feel supported.

“My goal is to have my students achieve success while my teachers feel successful,” she said. “I want to give my teachers the tools to effectively communicate with all their students in the classroom.”

What does Murren want for her students?

“I want my students to love learning,” concluded Murren. “I want them to always have the drive to learn, even outside the classroom. I hope that my students that intended to go to college continue on that path and go as far as they can. And for my students who had no interest in higher learning, I want them to look at college as one of the best options to improve their lives.”