The College of Education has enriched my life immeasurably through the years, and so it is my pleasure to support this institution in every way I can. As a recent graduate of another outstanding university, I began Georgia State to gain a master's degree in early childhood education. Though I had been well prepared for this advanced degree, I was challenged beyond my expectations in every single class I took. Not only did I learn skills that were specifically applicable to my daily teaching, but more importantly, I gained a love of learning far greater than I had ever possessed. No price tag can be placed on that tremendous gift!
I later re-enrolled in Georgia State to study school counseling. It was truly a life-changing experience for me, and with this degree I embarked on a journey of counseling at two outstanding independent schools in the Atlanta area. I give great credit to the professors who shared years of personal experience while encouraging me to be a lifelong learner. I felt well prepared to understand and deal with the diverse situations I encountered in my counseling experiences through the years.
Today, I admire the college for its outstanding professors, its relationships with universities around the world, and its outreach programs, which are touching the lives of many children in the inner city of Atlanta. I am privileged to be able to contribute to the educational experiences of our present students who are called to be the teachers of the next generation.
Vesta Jones (M. Ed. '73)
Retired Director of Guidance
This donor highlight was originally published in the Spring 2011 issue of the College of Education's Milestones magazine.