the fall of 2000, I began my graduate work. I did not intend to pursue
a Master's Degree at the time. I was teaching at Sixth Ward Junior High
and we knew that a consolidation was taking place within the next two
or three years. I was informed that my position was not going to the
'new' school. I was teaching Physical Education in St. Tammany Parish,
and those jobs were few and far between. I wanted a second teaching
field so that I would be in a better position when the 'new' school
opened. I called the state department and found out what classes I needed
for a computer literacy certification. I enrolled at Southeastern for
was excited that both of the classes were offered in Mandeville. I was
coaching basketball, softball, and volleyball. I also had two children
at home. I didn't have alot of time in my schedule for too many more
things. Fortunately, my husband was very supportive and helped me alot.
was registered for ETEC 643 & 644. ETEC 644 didn't make in Mandeville
and my only option was to drive to Hammond. Dr. Nan Adams was teaching
the class. I didn't know what to expect and I was rather apprehensive
about going back to school with this workload. I knew it would all work
out, but I was still nervous.
644 was a web design class. When I entered the class I was rather overwhelmed.
However, I caught on quickly and really enjoyed the class. I began a
web page for the Physical Education Department and Athletic Department
at Sixth Ward Junior High. I look back at that web page and I can definitely
see how much I have learned and how much I have grown over the last
three years. I had so much fun in ETEC 644 and I really enjoyed Dr.
Adams as an instructor I let her 'talk me into' pursuing my Master's
Degree. I guess you can say I was hooked on technology.
did not go back until the Fall 2001. I could not attend in the Spring
of 2001 because of my coaching obligations. I did not know it at the
time, but it was a blessing that I waited. In March 2001, my sister-in-law
passed away and my husband and I received custody of her children. I
now have four girls. I was not going to let that stop me from pursuing
my dream. I quit coaching and concentrated on my family and school.
It hasn't been an easy journey, but it has been a successful one.
the way I have had many experiences that have enabled me to grow and
become the person that I am today. Dr. Devaney exposed me to Educational
Research in EDF 600. That was a time when I thought about giving up.
However, I over came those emotions and stuck with it. I am very glad
I did and I look back and see how much Dr. Devaney helped me with a
good foundation for ETEC 695 & 680. I know that it would have been
much harder for me if I had waited to take that class.
Dr. Adams encouraged me to come up with my own ideas.
I have always been an opinionated person, but this forced me to have
a knowledgeable opinion. In ETEC 695, we read the works, of Kuhn, Marshall,
Postman, and Healy. Dr.
Jane Healy spoke to me in Failure to Connect. In my opinion,
one of the biggest obstacles that Technology faces is the ability to
fill the generation gap. Dr. Healy told a story entitled 'Connecting
or Disconnecting'. It was about a Elder-Kids Connection program in Pennsylvania
that used computers for school age children to use with elderly nursing
home patients. The children used their historical resources, the elderly
patients, and the computers and together projects were made. The story
was much more detailed, but it spoke to my heart. Isn't that what the
world is all about. All generations working together, accepting new
challenges and methods for the better of the community. The best way
to better our communities for tomorrow is by teaching the children of
today. One reason this spoke to me so much is because at this time during
my studies we had to place my grandparents in a nursing home. I learned
alot about life from Dr. Healy. Since then I lost my grandfather and
I will treasure the insight that Dr. Healy's book gave me into the importance
of closing the generation gap.
did not follow the ideal order in taking my classes. I took them when
I could. However, I feel that they were right for me. I can honestly
say that I learned a great deal in all of the courses. If I have to
pick one thing that I take with me from this entire program I would
have to say it is the professors promoted personal growth. Dr. Adams
encourages her students to develop their own opinion on technology and
its role in education. In my final semester I am taking EDF 607 with
Dr. Nauman. One of the first nights of class she conveyed to her students
that if we got nothing else out of that class she wanted us to establish
our own educational philosophy. This program is not designed for an
instructor to stand in front of a class and tell you what you think
about an idea. It is quite the opposite. I will leave this program knowing
that this experience has allowed me to grow personally and professionally.