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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 »

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 »

After 32 Years of Experience, Math Educator Says Teaching is a Calling

After 32 years of teaching math at the high school and college level, Geoff says he’s remained in the profession because he was called to do it and loves interacting with students to help them rise to the occasion.

* Geoff Clement is a student in the Master of… more »

K-5 Teacher Plans to Train the Next Generation of Math Teachers

Kayla’s love of mathematics fueled her passion to become an elementary math educator. After receiving her M.Ed. in Elementary Education, she decided to pursue a doctorate in Early Childhood Education and hopes to teach the next generation of elementary math teachers.

* Kayla Myers is an alumni of the more »