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TRACY DOBIE, WEST BABYLON HIGH SCHOOL
After more than a year studying computer science at Princeton, Tracy Dobie, who was accustomed to working with children and leading community service projects, decided she wanted a more social career. So she switched to psychology, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2007.
She’s since taught kindergarten at the Harlem Success Academy charter school and was the office director of an educational therapy firm. Working mostly out of its Washington Crossing, Pa., office, she kept track of lesson plans and curriculum, and taught math, primarily to students with learning disabilities.
In 2010, Dobie, the daughter of a Newsday editor, entered the learning sciences PhD program at Northwestern University. She is studying ways to motivate students to learn math.
After she graduates, likely in 2015, she plans to become a professor. “I want to remain really connected to schools and teachers,” she said. -- CARL CORRY VIDEO: Tracy Dobie
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