Graduate Paul Myers Overcomes Challenges to Advance his Education Career
Living in Miami, Paul Myers enjoys teaching elementary students math, planning lessons, and acting as department chairperson at Miami Dade County Public schools, the fourth largest public school district in America. He set his sights on becoming an administrator because he is passionate about educational leadership and wants to increase his earning potential. But there were challenges.
In his early 40s, Paul found himself at a crossroads. “I was juggling being a single father with limited time after a difficult divorce and working full time as a teacher.” He knew in order to achieve his goal of being an administrator he needed a master’s degree but he couldn’t imagine how that would be possible—until he spoke to an advisor at Kaplan University.
“They made it easy for me to learn about options for financing my education. The online mechanics were excellent, very user friendly. The teachers were also excellent. It was so convenient.” He spent about 2 hours each evening covering the coursework. After 6 months he obtained a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in special needs. But he didn’t stop there. He continued on for another 6 months and earned a second master's degree in education with an emphasis in educational leadership.
“It is a great solution for the working professional,” he said of Kaplan University’s online programs. “My advisor stayed in touch with me after graduation. I felt well prepared and passed the Florida educational leadership exam, which qualifies me to apply for the County school program that leads to a job as assistant principal and eventually principal.”
Paul holds deep content expertise in the area of mathematics as well as in assessment and instruction. While pursuing his master’s degree some unexpected strengths shined through. “Kaplan University emphasizes working as a team. There were many opportunities for professional growth, including weekly professional development meetings, webinars, instructional coaching, and outside professional opportunities.”
He learned to better manage his time and became comfortable writing efficiently and effectively. “Taking the courses improved my analytical skills— the kind needed for constant curriculum planning, development and refinement of tasks. These skills will be tremendously critical when I become an administrator.”
Confidence may be a critical factor as well. “The high grade point average that I maintained at Kaplan University instilled within me a positive attitude, maturity, and personal stability to meet the demanding situations that administrators face daily.”
While Paul plans for a future as an administrator, he honors his role in the classroom. “I make sure to infuse joy and rigor in lessons so that students are excited about and invested in their academic excellence.” He believes that his degree and determination have provided him with the capability to change. “When and where to do it, is up to me. I have choices now and feel confident and qualified to move to the next level, when the opportunity arises.”
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