A Blog for Teachers

Our students are what make our university, and we stand proudly behind the education we provide to educators. Read about what inspires our students and why they chose to pursue their advanced degree. Graduates reflect upon their Concordia learning experience and how their deeper knowledge and understanding has contributed to their professions.

  • 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 the same…

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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 MEd 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-Portland? As…

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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, a professor in Concordia University-Portland’s online Master of Education program. Nagy is principal at Windmill…

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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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  • Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Cynthia Butler

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Congratulations to Cynthia Butler! After applying to the university and writing an essay on the theme of “My students taught me this,” Cynthia earned her spot as one of our very first scholarship recipients. Her essay about compassion and patience in the face of adversity is a shining example of life lessons in the classroom…

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  • Research in Action: Achieving Academic Success Through Positive Student Outlooks

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Educational research plays a major role in Concordia University-Portland’s Master of Education online degree program. The first step in learning and implementing research techniques is the successful completion of the Educational Research class. This course shows students how to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to conduct their own research with a minimum…

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  • Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Eric Grebing

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Congratulations to Eric Grebing! Eric is an awardee of Concordia University-Portland’s full ride scholarship and began our online Master of Education program in February 2012. Name: Eric Grebing Hometown: Eastern North Carolina Program: Master of Education in Educational Leadership What inspired you to pursue your master’s degree at Concordia Portland? I decided to pursue a…

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  • Student Scholarship Spotlight: A Candidate Delivered Straight to Concordia Portland’s Online MEd Program

    Posted October 24, 2012

    John Heilman is a student in Concordia University-Portland’s online Master of Education program. Heilman, who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, received a Concordia Portland scholarship to help fund his pursuit of an advanced degree. Why did you choose the Concordia Portland online master of education program? “I delivered pizzas while I was completing my undergraduate…

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  • Featured Alumni: Meet Louis Baldassano

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Louis Baldassano graduated from Concordia University-Portland with an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in science and teaches at Monsignor Farrell High School on New York’s Staten Island. He’s starting his 36th year at the school, the same one he attended as a youth. After spending years in the classroom, Baldassano became an administrator at…

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  • Three Teachers Have Different Takes on their Teacher-of-the-Year Honors

    Posted August 31, 2012

    As K-12 schools across the country continue to motivate teachers with bonuses and awards, administrators may wonder what special skills winning teachers possess beyond their peers. A look at three teacher-of-the-year winners from California, Virginia and Texas offers insight into their distinguished classroom acumen and work ethic. Rebecca Mieliwocki Mieliwocki teaches seventh-grade English at Luther…

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  • New Study on the Flipped Classroom by Concordia Portland’s Dr. Jeremy Renner Shows Mixed Results

    Posted August 10, 2012

    One of the hottest trends in education today is the flipped classroom: Computer-savvy students turn to online videos for the content normally taught in class and use class time to collaborate in discussion with peers and instructors. Originally developed in 2000 by Wes Baker at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, the flipped classroom model has…

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  • Pamela Wright Shares Her Experience as a Dual Concentration Student

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Dual concentration student Pamela Wright shares a little about herself. Where are you from? I was born in California but lived most of my life in Michigan. My father was a minister so my life in ministry began at a very young age. After meeting and marring my husband, I continued that work as a…

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  • Concordia Portland Professor Dr. Monica Nagy Raises the Bar in Literacy Education

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Teachers who first enter the classroom often get something between a wake-up call and a rude awakening when they discover many of their students cannot read as well as they should. Concordia University-Portland Professor Monica Nagy, EdD, had a similar eye-opening experience when she began her career back in 2000. “When I was teaching in…

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  • Concordia Portland Alum Shaphonya Deane Strives to Change Literacy Problems

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Atlanta, Georgia. What is your education background? I just recently graduated with an MEd dual concentration in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction: Reading from Concordia University-Portland with a GPA of 4.0. I obtained a BA in Journalism and a minor in Sociology from Georgia State…

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  • Professor Richard Turner Raises the ELD/ESOL Bar for Concordia Portland’s Master of Education

    Posted July 12, 2012

    As an expert in the field of language development for impoverished students, Concordia University-Portland Professor Richard Turner is fully aware of the obstacles Latinos and Hispanics must overcome to succeed in American schools. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (2008-2010), 61 percent of Latino children under the age of 18…

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  • Concordia Portland Alum Jaimie Skinner is Taking her Teaching Career to China

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself I have lived in Emmett, Idaho, for the last 12 years. I have four beautiful children ranging from 4 years old to 18, and am happily married. I graduated from Boise State University in 2005 with a degree in Secondary Education, with an emphasis in English. I graduated from…

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  • Concordia Portland’s Dr. Debra Lay Fights for the Underdog and Aims to Stop Bullying

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Bullying is a hot-button issue in today’s elementary classroom and for good reason. According to a 2009 survey on school crime conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, one in every four students ages 12 to 18 reported experiencing some form of bullying at their school. That means more than 7 million students were affected by…

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