Graduate Student Spotlights
Pursuing a doctoral degree in sociocultural and community-based (SCA) education has allowed me to conceptualize ways to center my interests in both theory and practice. For me, this was one of the biggest draws to the SCA specialization within the PhD program in the School of Education.
Teaching English overseas for several years inspired me to focus my career on teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). When I returned from South Korea, I enrolled in UD's Additional Certification in ESOL/Bilingual (ACE) Teacher’s Project to gain certification to teach in Delaware’s public schools.
Having researched infant-direct speech, emotion and cognition as an undergraduate Psychology major at the University of California – Merced, I chose to pursue a Ph.D. in Education at the University of Delaware. My work focuses on how social environments affect early language development.
I am passionate about connecting students to opportunities – whether that be academic programs or enrichment programs. The University of Delaware’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership offers many opportunities to collaborate with accessible and engaged faculty members on various projects across fields.
With an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and two years under my belt as an elementary English Learner (EL) teacher, I decided to enroll in UD’s online M.Ed. in Literacy program because I wanted to learn how to better teach reading and writing to my unique learners.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wilmington University, I worked in the non-profit sector for four years where I gained valuable experience in communications and teaching. These skills, combined with my interest in technology, drew me to UD.
I recently completed the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership at University of Delaware while working at a Maryland high school. The flexibility of this first-rate online program allowed me to earn a master’s degree while simultaneously teaching full-time and earning credits for my teaching re-certification.
I’ve always been interested in working in education, so school psychology is a great career fit for me. I will be able to enhance students’ school performance while supporting their mental and emotional health needs. My goal is to work as a school psychologist in a Delaware K-12 school after graduation.
After ten years teaching middle and high school mathematics in the Baltimore City Public School System, I decided to pursue my Ph.D. at UD. I believed that teaching the next generation of mathematics teachers would have a wider impact on improving learning for students in underserved communities.
With an undergraduate degree in English and Religion, a master’s degree in Theological Studies, and four years as a high school English Language Arts teacher, I came to the UD because I wanted to be a part of the important sociocultural work being done in the School of Education.
As a graduate of UD's master of education program in Educational Technology, I appreciated the strong support that the School of Education provides its students. I knew UD would help me acquire professional skills in research, teaching, writing and provide me with opportunities to get involved.
I began the Ph.D. program in mathematics education at the University of Delaware after working with New York City public schools for over a decade, first as a high school mathematics teacher and then as an education administrator.
After teaching high school English language arts for five years, I chose to pursue a Ph.D. in Education at the University of Delaware to learn how to conduct intervention research focused on improving students’ reading and writing achievement.
After working as a research assistant as an undergraduate in a social psychology lab at UD, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in research. I became interested in the Ph.D. program specializing in evaluation, measurement, and statistics when I was working as a research assistant on a mixed methods evaluation project.