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We all want to give students opportunities to grow, and New Jersey-based Elementary Technology Coach Christine Foley takes this to the next level. Read on to discover how this Cavalier believes we can improve our education system as well as her love for all things STEAM. What degree will you acquire from Concordia University-Portland, and… Read More

Q&A with Dr. Makeba Butler, EdD’17

By Kara Wyman April 10, 2018

Let’s face it, the idea of a dissertation is intimidating. In fact, it kept Makeba Butler away from her dream of earning her EdD in Transformational Leadership for years. But eventually, she found the support to make it happen. Now her paper has been downloaded over 122 times and is helping to resolve the achievement… Read More

Q&A with Mischelle Strauser, MEd’17

By Kara Wyman April 9, 2018

It’s hard enough completing an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist while raising a family and working full time. Mischelle also faced evacuating her family but still didn’t quit. What inspired you to work in education? Originally, what inspired me to work in education was my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Lewy. He was just… Read More

Teaching new educators the importance of compassion beyond academics is key to Dr. Hoffert’s approach. Because of her experiences with English language learning students, she teaches that the emotional security that teachers can provide is just as important as reading and writing skills. What inspired you to work in education? I see working in education… Read More

Read how Lisa Fee, a master’s level teacher with Concordia University-Portland, found her own online doctoral program experience. She actually helped create the online orientations for other students before becoming one herself–and now has a fresh perspective on how much community matters. Why choose Concordia University-Portland online, when you work there already? It’s like a… Read More

In many schools, especially those in economically challenged districts, the relationships with students takes on a depth well past education. Teachers fulfill so many roles it could be discouraging, if it weren’t for the progress and the effect you can have connecting with entire families. Lauren’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education has… Read More

Larry Newby expanded his way of thinking about teaching in his MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Methods and Curriculum program at Concordia, and it changed how he taught and spoke to students. It’s helped him focus more on teaching to the differences in how individual students learn to be more effective overall. What inspired you… Read More

There’s more to motivating and driving change than meets the eye. As a school principal comparing his experience at Title 1 schools to more affluent ones, Dr. Sanchez recognized the need to push change in the right direction with a greater sense of urgency. Read how earning his EdD in Educational Administration has given him… Read More

Making a difference for students sometimes means avoiding a confrontational relationship between parents and schools. Dr. Harper’s EdD in Transformational Leadership has given her a broader scope of understanding to help facilitate those relationships. What inspired you to work in education? I was on my way to start a fast-track for a bachelor of nursing… Read More

Many teachers are understandably doubtful of the online learning experience. After all, we’re teachers. We know what a difference eye-to-eye contact makes. But by linking our graduate programs with strong community and the right professors, Concordia has converted a new fan in Felisha Skipper when she earned her MEd in Educational Leadership. What inspired you… Read More

Earning an MEd in Educational Leadership while teaching full time is a daunting challenge, both financially and schedule-wise. Add in family tragedy, trauma and cancer—and it feels impossible. Andre’ didn’t give up, but he also didn’t do it alone. Find out who helped him find the strength to continue, course by course to fulfill his… Read More

It’s one thing to believe in a cause, it’s another thing to change your career for it. Darlene Hester-Slade’s passion for special education developed later in life after she had already earned her MBA and had a fifteen-year career as a successful accountant. We sat down with this Virginia-based Exceptional Education Teacher to find out… Read More

When your purpose becomes your passion, you’re able to accomplish immeasurable goals and enjoy the work you do every single day. Our latest Featured Cavalier Kayvonna Stigall exemplifies this through and through. Find out more about this Michigan-based Autism Behavioral Technician in our Q&A below. What inspired you to become an educator? I have had… Read More

Music teachers can bring so much joy to students’ lives, but to effectively teach it, one must be passionate, dedicated, and highly skilled. Enter Andrew Holtz—a 6th-12th grade instrumental and 9th-12th grade vocal teacher from Saugatuck, Michigan, and the latest alum in our Featured Cavalier series; Andrew earned his MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership… Read More

Q&A with Concordia MEd Graduate: Jessica Wambeke ‘15

By Kara Wyman November 28, 2017

As a resource teacher in Iowa, Jessica Wambeke helps elementary school students who have many different needs and learning styles. With a B.S. in education and a master’s in special education, she is passionate about supporting students in every possible way, creating inclusive learning environments, and learning more herself each day. For these reasons and… Read More