After several years in Christian education, I completed my M. Ed. degree at Regent University in 2003 and went on to hold the position of Administrator and Principal at two K-8 Christian Schools. The preparation I received at Regent enabled me to feel confident in my leadership role at these two institutions.
From there, the Lord opened a door for me to accept a position as Director of Community Education for a local nonprofit where I felt the Lord stirring me to utilize my intra-personal skills in a more hands-on way. I became interested in the organization's English as a Second Language program and wanted to learn how I, too, could serve our immigrant population. About this time, I attended the Regent University School of Education's 30-Year Anniversary celebration where I learned of the TESOL program offered online. As soon as I heard about it, I felt the Lord prompting me to enroll — which I did just two days later.
I began the program in the summer of 2010. I found the classes in the program to be the most practical I can remember taking. By the third semester I was volunteering at Keystone Opportunity Center, a nonprofit community program where I had recently relocated. There I was able to immediately implement what I was learning in the classroom. I was particularly excited to be hired to teach a conversation class this past summer after completing a class in Language Teaching Approaches and Practices. Again, I was able to apply my recent learning in a real-life situation.
Along with teaching a bi-weekly ESL class in my new position as Adult Education Case Manager for Keystone's approximately 300 students, my responsibilities include oversight of students in 15 ESL classes and two GED classes. I enjoy meeting the students and helping them to set goals, develop a plan and implement their plan so that they may eventually realize their goals. I also have been able to share my rich learning experiences, as well as many resources I gained at Regent, with my colleagues in the field.
I am continually amazed at the doors that God has opened for me. Regent has enabled me to be prepared and confident in my skills so that I may answer God's call to service.
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