“The majority of the work was manageable, but the last quarter was more time consuming,” said John. “I essentially said my weekends as school time and sometimes during the week as well. I had to make it a priority to get it all done.”
John graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.
“I wanted to improve myself as a professional, and I wanted to get something in this particular field so I could better serve my students,” said John, whose program specialized in curriculum and instruction particularly for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), “There were many classes I took that were applicable to my job here at Stanbridge.”
In addition to learning how to get teachers and parents and outside professionals to collaborate, John was taught creative methods for teaching struggling readers and more.
“There was one class on behavior management. I’ve created and implemented interventions in social skills and appropriate classroom behaviors based on that instruction,” said John. “I also learned about a myriad of technology to facilitate lasting change.”
John says he’s pressing pause on continuing education for now so he can focus on implementing what he’s learned, but knows he’ll probably return sooner rather than later.
“As a teacher, you know learning is never done,” said John. “I look forward to improving as an educator and continuing to help my students excel to the best of their abilities.”