What is your motivation for obtaining your degree?

Throughout my teaching career, I have learned that I love working with children, but I have also learned that I love working with adults. I have had various leadership opportunities throughout my career that have given me a glimpse of what it would be like to be a school leader. Those experiences and support from school leaders, friends, and family have really motivated me to obtain my degree. Ever since I completed my undergrad, I wanted to complete my master’s; however, I never knew what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until one of my school leaders came to me and told me that I should go into leadership because of the qualities that I possessed. That conversation opened my eyes and made me take that step. I was very nervous to start this new journey, but am so glad that I took the step forward. I am lucky enough to have family and friends who support me every day and help me through challenging times. They never let me forget that I can do it and provide encouragement to help me through.

Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program?      

When I began searching for leadership programs, I came across Averett’s program. I inquired about the program and quickly came into contact with some amazing people who were incredibly helpful. I thought that it was too late in the year to begin a program such as leadership; however, I was informed that they were starting a new cohort the following month! Ladies such as, Andrea Levengood, were so incredibly helpful and it immediately felt as if we were friends. She and the others were there every step of the way and are still there 2 years later. The staff at Averett is one of the most welcoming that I have ever encountered and are willing to go the extra mile to help the students. They really make the experience the best possible for everyone in the GPS program. The feeling that I got when I first inquired about Averett made me feel as if it were meant to be! Thanks so much to everyone at Averett for your support and guidance!

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students.

I wondered how an online program would be with getting to know others in the cohort since we didn’t get to meet face-to-face; however, that was never a real issue. Our cohort worked incredibly hard and we formed new relationships over the course of this program. Though we don’t see each other in class, we have learned to communicate, work together, and support one another.

A few tips that I have for future AU students taking an online program are:

  1. Stay organized and don’t get behind. If you manage your time and complete assignments along the way, you will be fine.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from the professors and/or your cohort members. They are there to support and encourage you!
  3. Take the initiative to get to know the people in your cohort. They are in the same boat as you are!

For the class of 2017…We did it! Best of luck with your future school leadership careers and your new journey. Always remember, “Great leaders inspire greatness in others!” 

Always remember, “Great leaders inspire greatness in others!” 

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?

Throughout the program, there were times when I was overwhelmed with school-work and my job. The professors were very encouraging and understanding during these times. They worked with me and helped alleviate some of the stress. However, the most motivation came from my family and friends. They encouraged me to keep working and provided support whenever I needed it. My students were also motivation, when they learned that I was completing my Master’s Degree, they were intrigued that I was still in school. Hearing them ask questions and talk about college was an inspiration to finish this program.

What is your anticipated Date of Graduation?

I will graduate with my Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision on December 9th, 2017!!

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