Name: Molly Cole
Class Year: 2007
Title: Brooke East Boston Founder
Organization Name: Brooke Charter Schools
1. In one sentence, what does your job entail?
I manage the Director of Talent and Recruitment, as well as coach the Interim Principal of Brooke East Boston.
2. What planned and unplanned events connected you to your industry and your first employer after Holy Cross? How did you learn/decide it was a good fit for you?
While at Holy Cross, I tutored through SPUD at Burncoat Elementary School and knew that I enjoyed working with students. I was also inspired by the mission of Teach for America and its connection to the Jesuit idea of being “men and women for others”. I met with the TFA representative when he visited campus in the fall of my senior year, and decided to apply. Immediately following graduation, I taught for two years at an elementary school in rural North Carolina through the Teach for America program.
3. What were you involved in when you were on campus?
While at HC, I participated in SPUD, Purple Key Society and student government.
4. What was your major and how did it affect your career decisions?
I majored in History and minored in Art History. I loved both History and Art History, and think both subjects honed my interest in reading, writing and learning, and I wanted to bring that love to the classroom when I taught.
5. What are one or two skills that you developed at Holy Cross that you use in your work?
After teaching, I became the founding principal of Brooke East Boston. The two skills perhaps I used most as a teacher and school leader were critical thinking and communicating- and both I developed while at Holy Cross.
6. What advice do you have for students on campus today?
You have all been given the incredible gift of a Holy Cross education- soak in every part of it: listen critically and try your best in your classes, be open to new opportunities and let yourself make life long friends!