Alumni

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 »

PE Teacher Wins More Time with Students [Alumni Case Study]

Motivated by passion for movement and health

After graduating from college, I worked as an outdoor recreation therapist providing wilderness therapy, and worked with children recovering from injury in outpatient transition care for 3.5 years. These experiences motivated me to return to school to become a PE teacher because I loved working with kids… more »

Former PE Teacher Pursuing Ph.D. to Train the Next Generation of Teachers [Alumni Case Study]

Returned to school after six years of teaching

I was very involved with sports throughout my youth and understood the value of staying active. After graduating from college, I immediately began working as a K-8 PE teacher and taught at the same school for six years. One year, I was team teaching with a… more »

K-5 Teacher Wants to Bring More Math Discourse to the Classroom

Malika is a self-described math nerd who wants to travel the world and study how successful math teachers from other countries integrate math discourse in their classrooms as opposed to only focusing on the curriculum.

* Malika Meidinger is a student in the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary… more »

Math Endorsement Enabled K-5 Teacher to Have Meaningful Discussions with Students

Nneka says the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement courses have drastically improved how she teaches math, and has enabled her to have much more meaningful discussions about math with her students.

* Nneka Bennett is a student in the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Mathematics… more »

ESOL Students Thriving in Math From Lessons Learned in K-5 Math Endorsement

Heather discusses how her ESOL elementary students are thriving in math with the lessons she’s learned after receiving her K-5 Math Endorsement.

* Heather Parnell is a student in the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Mathematics program in the more »