Ed.D., M.Ed. Educational Leadership
I was only a seven-year old first grader when I realized I must be prepared with opportunity says, “Now!” My teacher had planned an assembly, and the girl whom she picked did not know her lines. Being frustrated she asked me if I knew the lines. I don’t remember how or what it was that I recited, but I know I recited it word-for-word. My teacher just stared at me, with a pleased shock, while her glasses hung at the edge of her nose.
So when my teachers told me to study my notes, do my homework I just did it without question. Periodically, there would be a pop quiz, some contest, and I would be up for the challenge when called. Because I had a respectable reputation with my teachers, letters of recommendation for summer internships, scholarships, and leadership roles were always within reach.
Now, as an 8th grade teacher and ten year veteran, I advocate preparedness through organization, reading, research, and questioning. I explain to students to organize their subjects with folders and homework logs, read a variety of text, research for the real truth, and question everything. This will help my students to make wise choices by being well-informed productive citizens. This is true education that transcends all fields.
This is how I work as an ACE Ambassador, of which I was recommended for position, and have maintained an assertive reputation. I read the facts about ACE, give and organized presentation, promote the students to research for themselves, and ask themselves questions that would help them make the right education about their future.
I am a proud alumna of the American College of Education. I graduated from the college in November of 2011 with my second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. With that degree, I also earned a Type 75 in the state of Illinois to work as a school administrator. My principal has since made me an after school tutoring coordinator, I coordinator my school’s annual Youth Author’s competition, and I have directed two school plays.
Before my education tenure began, I started my journey as a Journalism major as a result of my love of words, stories, and the truth. After freelance writing and substitute teaching for several years, I found a greater interest in teaching full time, thus earning my Master’s in Elementary Education. Over the course of the years, my talents in writing, teaching, motivation, marketing has grown into leadership. After motivating my colleagues to lose weight in a 10-week weight loss challenge, motivating more than 1000 teachers to fight for a fair labor contract as a union delegate, and initiating a Student Council, I realized it was time to earn my doctorate.
After much research and patience, I recognized ACE’s new doctoral program in Leadership was designed for me. Now, heading into my fourth course, I learned that a leader takes risks, work with a team, cultivate partnerships, research, research, and more research, and possess passion for the cause and people one is leading.
In the near future, I plan to continue to promote this college to compatible candidates. I eventually would enjoy working at the collegiate level as provost to help professors prepare leaders. As a mother of a twelve-year-old son, walking in this path and giving him the same expectation is the best experience for him to walk in his fullest potential and take over as the leader when I am ready to step down.