About Us

To work toward equity in the quality of school experiences for historically underserved communities, we must attend to the preparation, support and retention of diverse, learner-ready teachers. Research has shown that intentionally designed, high-quality, paid residencies meet that need. These programs are able to recruit strong, economically and racially diverse candidates; prepare candidates successfully, diminishing the first-year learning curve for new teachers; ensure strong, qualified candidates for high-need positions and hard-to-staff schools; and retain teachers in the profession, reducing turnover and providing stability. The UB Teacher Residency program has been developed in order to achieve those results here in our local community.

  • About the Program
    Our one-year, paid residency program is designed for those interested in pursuing initial and/or initial/professional certification in childhood, early childhood, English for speakers of other languages, or adolescence education. Through the residency year, you will complete rigorous coursework while co-teaching alongside a mentor teacher. Merging theory and practice, you will be equipped with the skill-set necessary to thrive in meeting the varied needs of diverse students.
  • Meet the Staff
    Amanda Winkelsas is originally from Buffalo and began her education in the Buffalo Public Schools. Later, she earned a BA in secondary English education from Canisius College, an MSED from Fordham University, and a PhD in urban education from the CUNY Graduate Center. Winkelsas worked in the New York City public schools for nearly 10 years, where she taught English in grades 7-12 and served as a literacy coach. Upon returning to Buffalo, she worked in education technology before transitioning fully to higher education. Her research interests have focused on educational equity, diversity in the teaching force, and preparing teachers to work with historically underserved student populations. 
  • About the University
    The University at Buffalo has three campuses: the North Campus in suburban Amherst, the South Campus on Main Street in a North Buffalo neighborhood and the growing Downtown Campus, encompassing several buildings in downtown Buffalo.
  • About Buffalo-Niagara
    The Buffalo-Niagara region is a major metropolitan area with a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct character and all united in a rich panorama of life.
  • Contact Us
    Please feel free to contact us for additional information.