“I wanted to attain another master’s degree without it interfering with my teaching,” said Allison. “The summer intensive program at Exeter was a great fit.”
According to the Exeter website, students meet for a four-week intensive session in July of the first and second years. During the third year, students write a thesis based on a research study. The program is specifically designed for working professionals and attracts students from around the world.
“In a class of about 15, all of the students were international and I was the only American, “ said Allison, who said a perk was getting to travel around the United Kingdom with her international peers.
Allison said she was especially encouraged by the amount of skill crossover between Special Education (SPED) and TESOL.
“The biggest thing with SPED and TESOL is the use of visuals and tactile learning,” said Allison. “Both populations struggle with language, having multiple modalities for curricular input really helps them.”
Allison, who started the Exeter program in 2012, said she was able to afford tuition thanks to professional development funds from Stanbridge.
"Continuing education is so important for teachers, because it helps them stay abreast of the latest techniques," said Director of Staff and Student Development Christina McMorrow. "The Stanbridge Staff Development Fund is just one way we recognize that fact and try to support our teachers as they continue to grow as educators."
When officially conferred in November, the M.Ed in TESOL will be Allison’s fourth masters degree. She currently holds an MS in Education from California State University, East Bay, an MA in Teaching (MAT) from the University of Southern California, and an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University.
"We applaud Allison for the completion of another degree of study that will continue to enhance her very fine work with our students,” said Head of School John O’Brien. “Her commitment to ongoing growth and professional development is commendable."
And Allison has no plans to slow down. This year she plans to complete her Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) and clear her Education Specialist credential through the San Mateo County Office of Education.