Georgian Court University was the right place for me to obtain my master’s degree. As a full-time teacher, now supervisor, mom, and overachiever, I knew it would be difficult to complete a program that provided me flexibility with my time and schedule. Working with a cohort for two years both in person and online allowed me to have the best of both worlds. I was able to work with peers, make connections, and form friendships with some incredibly intelligent and hardworking people in the education world. Although we were from many diverse backgrounds in education, we learned vastly from each other. As a former 1st-grade teacher, my background was solely in primary education. In order to become an administrator, I knew my comfort level and experiences needed to grow. My cohort consisted of teachers, both from public and private schools, general and special education, and backgrounds in education ranging from kindergarten through high school. Working with these professionals gave me the background knowledge I needed to expand my thinking about education, and how I would pursue the next steps in my administrative career.
The professors at Georgian Court University came with their own wealth of knowledge in theory, best practices, and, best of all, real-world experiences. Many of the professors were principals, supervisors, and superintendents; exactly the people we aspired to be. Through our professors’ connections, we were also able to meet other administrators in a variety of administrative positions. We were lucky enough to learn from content area supervisors, business administrators, and principals from around the state. Many of these administrators also became networking connections for me and my colleagues as we branched into the administrative world.
Georgian Court University was my home when I decided I wanted to go back to school for my teaching certificate. Over 12 years later, it became the place where I obtained my master’s degree.
After completion of my master’s, I stayed in touched with many of my colleagues from my cohort, as well as my professors and advisors. They have really been with me every step of the way. I was incredibly lucky to land my first supervisor’s job right after completion of my courses. To say Georgian Court prepared me well is an understatement. Not only did the coursework and classes provide me with the necessary academics to become an administrator, I had the confidence to go out of my comfort zone. I enjoyed my time at Georgian Court, and the knowledge and experience I gained from obtaining my master’s degree is an incredible feeling and a life-long dream.