"The Beginning"

    In 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 those classes.
    I 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.
     I 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.
     ETEC 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.

"The Journey"

     I 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.
     Along 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.

     I 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.

"The End"
     Is it over? Well, I cannot say yes or no. I am seriously considering continuing on with the doctoral program. I have not made a definite decision at this point, but I would like to continue. I will treasure the experience that I had getting my Master's Degree. I would like to take this time to thank Dr. Adams, Dr. Bitner, and Dr. Nauman for having such a positive impact on my life. I could not have gotten through this program without your help and support. I would like to say an extra special thank you to Dr. Adams. I would not have started in this program without your encouragement. I probably would not have continued without your constant encouragement. You always had the right thing to say to keep me going. Thank you for all your support.