Maranda PazMarch 19, 2021March 27, 2024hillaryobrien
TRIO Teacher Prep Student Maranda Paz

Boise State University | Teacher Preparation Program

As a first generation college student, I showed up at the threshold of the TRIO Teacher Prep SSS Program as an overwhelmed and anxious freshman with four years of the unknown hanging over my head. Over the past three years, this program has helped me in countless ways. When I was first introduced to my TRIO advisor, Josh Baros, he helped me sort through my degree tracker and got me on the path to graduate in four years. He helps me each time I register for a new term and has made sure that I got into each of the classes that I wanted.

When the time came for me to apply to my Teacher Education Program, Josh guided me through the mess of tests, interview questions, and essays. Before I took my PRAXIS Core, TRIO helped me get passing scores by purchasing study materials and practice tests, which I wouldn’t have been able to afford for all five of the PRAXIS tests. I am so thankful that TRIO had the means to pay for my study materials! I am happy to say that I am now accepted into my student teaching year during my last year at Boise State. I could not have done it without the help that I have received from Josh and TRIO.

If I didn’t have my TRIO advisor I would be LOST! I also wouldn’t have my current job. Josh helped me with my application, resume, and cover letter for the position. Each time that I have a question or concern, I turn to Josh and he helps me find the right answers.

TRIO Teacher Prep has been an amazing program to be a part of during my time at Boise State. I can honestly say that I would not be the same student without their support, guidance, and friendship.