Born in India and raised in Teheran and London, Roshii Jolly came to New York 22 years ago with her husband. For more than ten years, she worked for an international airline, in what she calls “the interesting and fast-paced but stressful corporate world.” She then started thinking about a career that would offer her flexibility and allow her to give something back to the community. A speaker of six languages herself—and someone aware of the communication challenges of today’s global economy—she explored the possibility of teaching English to adults. “It took me two years to find the right program,” Jolly says. “The New School’s progressive mission, openness to social change, and intellectual rigor impressed me. Learning more about the MA TESOL program at an open house, I found it sensitive to the needs of career changers like me."
Jolly completed the MA TESOL program entirely online while working part-time and volunteer teaching in ESL programs in New York City. She completed her teaching practicum with the International Rescue Committee. As part of her practicum, she collaborated with other teachers-in-training in Vermont, California, and Florida: Each videotaped and shared online his or her classroom work for critique by peers and the professor. “What I learned was invaluable, such as the importance of developing lesson plans relevant to student needs and sensitive to their different cultural experiences,” says Jolly.“The New School’s MA TESOL program has changed me as a person. Language is a globalizing force that shapes the world we live in. One has to be able to step into unfamiliar territory in order to successfully connect with others. The ability to empower others with the English language is incredibly rewarding.” Roshii Jolly graduated with her master’s degree in May 2012.