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  • Chad Zeebuyth, Concordia Portland MBA Alum, Sees Learning as Key to Success

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Education is personal for Chad Zeebuyth. The graduate of Concordia University – Portland is a strong believer in institutional learning, something he has applied throughout his career. Achievement is a common theme for Zeebuyth, 37, who graduated from Concordia Portland’s MBA program in 2010 and is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta honor society….

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  • Tami Briggs, Concordia Portland MBA Alum: Consumed by Chips at PepsiCo

    Posted October 9, 2014

    Tami Briggs captures the imagination: single mom raises son, returns to school, and earns her MBA. Emphasizing education, she puts her son through college, and then sends him into the world to gain experience. She changes jobs, rents out her home in Portland, Oregon, and relocates to California, where she is thriving as a senior…

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  • Zap! Pow! Bam! Ambassadors Tout Why They Love Concordia Portland’s Online Program

    Posted July 30, 2014

    When Clark Kent takes off his glasses, a sudden wave of energy rushes through him that prepares and enables him to conquer anything that lies ahead — much like what Concordia University – Portland aims for its students. His abrupt superpowers shocked and even surprised him at first. With devotion and persistence, he realized the…

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  • Ed Allen, Concordia Portland MBA Recipient, Thrives on the Challenges of Leadership

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Ed Allen earned his MBA from Concordia University – Portland in 2003. Allen started his career as a part-time driver with a small Oregon paper company while earning his undergraduate degree in marketing from Portland State University. One thing led to another and Allen stayed at that firm, which was absorbed by multiple mergers and…

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  • Celebrate! Graduation dance pays it forward

    Posted May 6, 2014

    A lucky high school student will receive a $500 Apple Store gift card, thanks to a school counselor’s celebration graduation dance video. Academic counselor Ted Thomas of Ann Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., entered our Facebook contest requesting videos of stage-crossing, graduation dance moves in commemoration of Concordia University – Portland’s Spring Commencement…

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  • 97 Reasons Teachers Choose Concordia Portland’s Online Education Programs

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Flexibility and convenience, the chance to achieve a dream, immediate classroom application, the staff, and the cohort and classmates. That’s what our students most value about their Concordia University – Portland Online experience. Why do teachers choose Concordia University – Portland? Our students drive our success, and we always look for ways to give back….

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  • Meet Twanna Mead, an Ambassador for Concordia Portland’s Online Programs

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Greetings. My name is Twanna Mead and I am a proud student of Concordia University – Portland.  I recently enrolled in the Doctorate Program, however this is not my first time being a student of Concordia University.  I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Education Administration in 2012 from Concordia University-Texas with a 4.0 grade…

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  • Concordia Portland’s Dana Barbarick on the Importance of Common Core State Standards

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Dana Barbarick has a passion for teaching and learning. Her work spans from elementary learners to adults and from traditional face-to-face courses to fully online courses. She works with Concordia University – Portland’s online faculty as the director of faculty development, and she also plays a direct role as a member of Concordia Portland’s online faculty…

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  • Talking With Darcy Hill, M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Darcy Hill has been teaching since 1981 in a variety of settings, but always with a strong twist of creative and performing arts woven through the curriculum. For the last 20 years she has taught Creative Drama at a Lutheran Elementary School in Rockford, Illinois. Her M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership inspired her to re-examine the world…

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  • You Know You are a Teacher When…

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Four years of college, probably more if you have a master’s degree.  You’ve successfully passed all mandatory tests and secured a teaching license. You impressed principals in those daunting job interviews and got that first job. You would think with all of those achievements–and so many more–would validate anyone’s belief that they were a teacher….

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  • Concordia Portland’s Online M.Ed. Grads Attend 2013 Campus Commencement

    Posted May 6, 2013

    Concordia University – Portland Online Master of Education graduate Oliver Okumba Arigi, arrived on the Portland, Oregon, campus for the first time with his wife and daughter. They had traveled from Milton, New Hampshire, for a weekend of commencement activities. Los Angeles-area resident Evelyn Javelosa, who earned an online M.Ed. in Education Leadership, told everyone…

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  • Meet Vanessa Freed, Recipient of the 2013 Dr. Karl Smith Transformative Educator Scholarship

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Congratulations to Vanessa Freed, the 2013 recipient of the Dr. Karl Smith Transformative Educator Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each February to a candidate with: Proven academic ability A written response to the following question: How will the degree you earn support the transformation of education in the work that you do? The scholarship commemorates…

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  • How Cohort Learning Helps Concordia Portland Students Work Together to Become Better Teachers

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Cohort. What a funny way to say classmates, colleagues, friends and professors. But that’s what we call our groups in Concordia University – Portland’s online Master of Education Program. As I progressed through the M.Ed. Program at Concordia Portland, one of the best aspects of the program was the use of cohort learning and collaboration. …

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  • Who Inspired You to Become a Teacher?

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Unforgettable teachers inspire in many ways. They can make an average student become an overachiever. They can make a gifted student push beyond even the highest expectations. An inspiring teacher can launch a lifelong interest in history, science, literature and sports. Perhaps one of the greatest achievements a teacher can do is inspire someone in the next generation to…

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  • Trying & Striving Through Education

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Getting what you want takes determination and grit in the face of obstacles. Viola Hayes knows all about that. The 54-year-old grandmother turned to education to face down generational poverty. She’s raising three grandchildren. She fought breast cancer. She earned her master’s in curriculum instruction through Concordia University – Portland’s online offerings. She did all of that at…

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  • Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: J. Nicole Greer

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Congratulations to J. Nicole Greer, one of our recent recipients of our M.Ed. Scholarship! Nicole has been enrolled in our online Master of Education program since March, 2012. Name: J. Nicole Greer Hometown: Jackson, Tennessee Major: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Reading What inspired you to pursue your master’s at Concordia University…

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  • Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Rosanna Quintana

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Congratulations to Rosanna Quintana! Rosanna earned a spot as one of our very first scholarship recipients. Her fun yet insightful essay, “My students taught me this,” is a good reminder of why teaching is one of the most fulfilling careers any professional could seek. There’s little doubt that the words, “It’s in my best interest…

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  • Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Samantha Wilkinson

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Congratulations to Samantha Wilkinson! After applying to the university and writing an essay on the theme of “My students taught me this,” Samantha earned her spot as one of our very first scholarship recipients. Her touching essay about the inspiration she finds from her special education students is heart-warming. “They have taught me perseverance, and…

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  • Creating Strong Readers – Facing Literacy Challenges in Today’s Classroom

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Teaching reading, that building block of learning, can be difficult. But educators who come in with a strategic plan, an ability to gauge a student’s reading level and exposure to real-life solutions can have a leg up, said Monica Nagy, an online professor in Concordia University – Portland’s online Master of Education program. Nagy is…

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  • Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Debbie Sulzberger

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Congratulations to Debbie Sulzberger! Debbie earned her spot as one of our very first scholarship recipients. Her touching essay demonstrates the impact a teacher can make on a student’s life by spending quality time. “At the end of the year, Bill came in, and told me that was the first time anyone had taken the…

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