Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

I am excited to return to school to pursue a graduate degree! I have worked in education for almost 25 years. I have accumulated vast knowledge of the needs of young people, and the community service providers they interact with on a regular basis, through work, both in direct service and administration.

It has been a privilege to have met, taught, and learned from so many brilliantly creative minds. Young people continue to amaze me with their technological knowledge. It’s exciting to come up with creative ways to support the curriculum through the use of technology. I’ve developed my skill set with the changing times, and most recently, am using 3D animation as a supplementary resource in my classroom.

I am a second-career classroom teacher. When I began teaching, I was quickly and unexpectedly surprised by the intensity within the teaching profession; the pressure to meet standardized testing criteria, over-populated classrooms, the limited resources. Committed to teaching “children how to fish,” I’m committed to ongoing study of the art and science of teaching. We continue to find ways to truly educate young people, teaching them to think critically. The test scores will follow an engaged and challenged mind. My teaching style blends the best of my experiences in education, both in and outside of, the classroom, as well as the influences of some amazing teacher-friends.

I’ve now been a classroom teacher for 5 years, and have a better understanding of how our educational system works in the U.S. I believe I can positively impact more children once I “enhance my creative problem-solving skills, and develop a design thinking mindset,” necessary skills for a 21st century innovation leader. I’ll do this during my time as a graduate student in a specialized MBA program beginning this fall.

“By education, I mean an all-round drawing of the best in child and man in body, mind and spirit.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Stacy from Maryland
Temple University