Skip to content Skip to navigation

Jeremy Quach

Jeremy Quach
"I used to have to hype myself up before teaching each day, but now I feel much less nervous and more prepared."

Jeremy Quach,
'18, MA '19 Stanford Teacher Education Program

Becoming a teacher

When Jeremy Quach, '18, STEP '19, reached his senior year of high school, he was shocked to realize that most of his friends didn’t plan to go to college. "I knew that they were really smart and intelligent people, but they didn’t get the same support that I got from teachers." He tried his best to arrange visits to local community colleges and get them interested in pursuing further education, but in the end realized he was just a friend to them, and they needed a teacher. Now, Quach will be that teacher for students at Jones College Prep in Chicago, where he'll begin his career teaching high school English after graduating from the Stanford Teacher Education Program. He says he feels ready after the past year in STEP, which included six months of teaching on his own in his classroom placement.

Quach solidified his interest in teaching while an undergraduate at Stanford, where he majored in philosophy and earned an honors in education. "I used to have to hype myself up before teaching each day, but now I feel much less nervous and more prepared." Now that he has graduated, he still expects to keep in contact with his STEP cohort. "There are so many people I’m going to call late at night and be like, 'I have to teach this thing tomorrow – help me out with this.' Having them as a resource has been incredible."

June 27, 2019
Photo by Holly Hernandez

More Community stories

Raymond Zhang at his desk, holding a Stanford GSE mug in front of a monitor with coding
Raymond Zhang, MS '23 Education Data Science
Engineering ways to address inequalities in education
Read this story
Bruno Lam is one of four 2023 Knight-Hennessy scholars in the GSE.
Bruno Lam, MS ’24 Learning Design and Technology
Filling in labor gaps with education
Read this story
Donya Fegan, standing outside near a tree, arms folded and smiling
Donya Fegan, MA '22 Stanford Teacher Education Program
Taking it back to community
Read this story
Back to the Top