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Speech-Language Pathologist Passionate About Treating Kids with Brain Trauma [Alumni Case Study]

Family experiences sparked my interest in the field

After completing my bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Alabama, I immediately enrolled in Georgia State’s CSD master’s degree program. My motivation to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist was fueled by an interest in special education. Some… more »

Multiple Field Experiences in Speech Pathology in Metro Atlanta Boosted Confidence [Alumni Case Study]

Academic adviser’s advice led to graduate program

Initially, I majored in psychology because I wanted a career in the helping professions. While I enjoyed the classes, I wasn’t sure I wanted to stay in that field, so I spoke to my academic adviser and she suggested a degree in speech-language pathology could be a… more »

Designing Own Learning Goals and Forward Thinking Propels Alumna’s Career [Alumni Case Study]

Attracted by multidisciplinary view of education

My career in higher education administration started at a private university in Indiana as a recruiter due to some previous experience teaching recruitment best practices to other universities. While the role was ideal for someone interested in a career in higher education, I wanted the challenge of something… more »

Former Teacher Says Passion for Education Best Served as a Counselor [Alumni Case Study]

My heart was in education, but not the classroom

After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I worked as a high school teacher for two years. Although my heart was in education, I didn’t want to remain in the classroom 100 percent of the time, so I researched different careers within the field. Once I talked… more »

School Counseling Alumna Excited to Start Career at RAMP High School [Alumni Case Study]

I never thought I wanted to work in schools

After completing my bachelor’s degree, I worked as a college advisor for two years at a national program that placed recent college graduates in metro Atlanta schools. I assisted first generation high school students from underrepresented backgrounds find a college and guided them on their… more »

Former PE Teacher Finds Calling as School Counselor [Alumni Case Study]

Still wanted to work with kids after injury

After spending six years as a PE teacher in Ohio, I suffered a spinal cord injury. My wife and I moved to Atlanta in order for me to rehabilitate at the Shepherd Center. During this time, I realized I wanted to continue working with students. Since… more »

Knowing Your Students Individually is Critical to a Teacher’s Success [Alumni Case Study]

Prefer working with kids than in an office

Before becoming a teacher, I worked in public relations for 2.5 years for the City of Atlanta’s Housing Office and Turner Enterprises. Once I realized I didn’t like working in offices, I became a substitute teacher at the elementary school I attended. The kids loved me… more »

Elementary Teacher Committed to Making a Difference in Urban Schools [Alumni Case Study]

Teaching was not a career I wanted to pursue

I was born and raised in Atlanta and attended several urban schools. Even though I struggled as a student, I had a great experience. After returning home from college, I spent a couple of years working as a barista, medical assistant and a nanny. Through… more »

Culturally Responsive Teaching Fuels Urban Educator [Alumni Case Study]

My life’s calling is to work with kids

Prior to moving to Atlanta with my wife, I worked with kids as a youth minister. While this was rewarding, I wanted a career working with young people in a different capacity. After settling into Atlanta’s West End neighborhood, I initially volunteered in a fifth grade… more »

From Communications to PE Teacher [Alumni Case Study]

Intended to have a career in radio broadcasting

I moved to Atlanta after graduating from college to pursue a career in communications given the city’s reputation for being a media magnet. I quickly discovered, however, that getting my foot in the door had more to do with who you know, not what you know.… more »