Zach Dreher from Naugatuck, CT, graduated as a secondary education and mathematical science double major, with a minor in coaching.

Zach Dreher

Moving to the front of the class

OCTOBER 10, 2014

One hundred percent of the class of 2014's undergraduate education majors have teaching jobs or are in graduate school, including Zach Dreher '14 (pictured above in his new room at Holyoke Catholic).

Zach Dreher from Naugatuck, CT, graduated as a secondary education and mathematical science double major, with a minor in coaching.

He learned about Elms College as a high school student by word of mouth, as he recalled. “I wanted to play baseball in college so I did showcase events. Mike Leonard, a past coach, called me up. I visited the campus and really liked it.  Another positive,it ended up being one of the more affordable college options I had. The state schools in Connecticut I would’ve been paying more. It’s a private education costing less than a public education, you can’t beat that,” said Zach.

As an undergrad, in addition to carrying a rigorous and packed class schedule Zach was a standout on the Elms College baseball field. He played all four years, collecting more than 100 hits and being named Honorable Mention All-NECC.

With a solid record as a youth mentor, a career in education seemed a logical fit.  His first job at 16 was a camp counselor. It worked out well enough to get him promoted, working the last four summers of his college career as a camp supervisor. Zach’s been actively involved in coaching at the same time. Putting his coaching minor to work, he’s spent time the past three summers coaching junior league in baseball for Naugatuck Parks and Rec in the five to eight division.

Of his time in the classroom, his favorite course, though he enjoyed his coaching methods courses –was Middle/Secondary Instruction with professor Jack Czajkowski. He did a lot of observation in the Chicopee school system and completed the student teaching requirement his senior year at Northampton High School. Zach taught Algebra II, Geometry and Geometry honors for the final 12 weeks.

“My instructors at Elms teach you how to teach. They put you in the scenario. You’re up in front of the classroom, you’ve got to teach a class. It really goes in depth with lesson plans and developing those. I got the most out of that class," Zach shared.

For Zach, the close community feel and an outstanding athletic program made the Elms College experience special.

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