B.A. Elementary Education, M.A. Organizational Leadership, 2007 & 2011
Peer Teacher; CEO
School District U-46; KAMYLIN Worldwide
What do you do in your current job and what do you enjoy about it?
Currently, I am the first Peer Consulting Teacher for School District U-46's Peer Assistance and Review program. My job is to observe and provide support to struggling teachers. The best thing about my job is finding different ways to motivate and inspire teachers to improve the way they teach students. In doing this, I am able to reflect on my own teaching and share my challenges and successes. During summers, when I am not teaching, I run a small leadership consulting company which helps small organizations and not-for-profits improve the leadership professional development they provide to their staff and clients. The thing I like most about this position is developing leadership programs that will help individuals meet their maximum potential. I also get a rush from solving different problems related to team conflict
How did your Judson experience influence you professionally? What were your favorite parts of being a Judson student?
Attending Judson provided me with a multitude of opportunities. I was able to play and coach basketball, travel to Kenya for a mission trip, and speak in Chapel several times. I was also an RA in Lindner Tower. My favorite professor would have to be Dr. Layne, who taught several of my education classes and did a great job of challenging me in each one. I was able to attend several Illinois teaching conferences thanks to his connections. My time working with both the men’s and women's basketball programs gave me opportunities to develop discipline and perseverance. Coach Cook gave me opportunities to travel, recruit, and manage basketball operations. These experiences helped me learn to manage my time and lead others. In the MAOL program, my favorite professor was Dr. Michelle Kilbourne. She encouraged me to get my certification in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and, afterward, mentored me as I started my leadership consulting company. Overall, my experiences at Judson prepared me to be a leader. The Christian foundation and the variety of experiences have helped me to approach my professional life with humility and courage. I continue to embrace challenges because I know that I can accomplish anything through Christ.
What are the strengths of your major/program at Judson?
The strength of Judson’s Elementary Education program is the professors. The professors are able to provide individual support and mentoring to the students. In my current position, I work with struggling teachers and I sometimes wonder why they didn't learn some of the things that I learned in college. I learned many of the small things about teaching that textbooks don't tell you from my professors. The strength of the MAOL program is the curriculum. I was able to tailor each class to my personal interests and professional goals. I don't think I would have the job I have today if it weren't for the research and projects from my MAOL program.
What advice can you give to current and prospective students about their time at Judson?
I would encourage current and prospective students to take advantage of every opportunity offered at Judson. If you have an interest or a passion, the people at Judson will find a way to make sure you have a chance to experience it. All you have to do is speak up.