M.Ed. Educational Administration
Sixth Grade English/Language Arts Teacher, Lincoln Middle School, Pullman, Wash.
What made you decide to pursue your master’s degree in educational administration?
Throughout my life, I seem to have gravitated toward roles of leadership in my personal and professional life. As an educator, I see the opportunity to use these leadership skills to support students not just in one classroom, but in an entire building. This is my goal – to be an administrator who can support teachers, students, families and communities in providing the best educational experience possible to the children in my care.
Why did you choose Whitworth?
My superintendent suggested I take a look at the program in addition to another I was investigating. After contacting Whitworth and meeting with Alison Olzendam, the program director, I knew without a doubt that this program was a perfect fit. It has an impeccable reputation, is selective in who is accepted into the program, is very hands-on, and expects the best of its students. The weekend schedule of seminar meetings was a bonus: It’s perfect for anyone needing to travel for his or her program.
What is unique about Whitworth’s Educational Administration Program?
This program feels personal. Our instructors know us and are truly involved in developing each of us as leaders, in whatever capacity we pursue. This program is a safe place for us to express ourselves, ask questions and take risks.