Campus/Format: Encino Graduate Campus/MAE, Teacher Preparation in Multiple Subject

What were you doing before coming to Pepperdine GSEP?

Prior to attending Pepperdine, I worked in marketing for a celebrity baby bedding designer for six years. During that time, I also started my own business offering after school enrichment programs for elementary schools throughout LA and Ventura Counties. In 2009, I had a baby and left my job in marketing to be a stay at home mom. I continued running my business from home, and taught after school programs for a few hours a week before deciding to pursue teaching full-time.

What are your career goals post-GSEP?

I would like to teach elementary school for the next several years, and eventually I plan to pursue my administrative credential so that I can become a school principal. I still have an entrepreneurial spirit that I believe would be beneficial in an administrative role, but for now, I'm just enjoying working in a classroom.

What are you doing with your GSEP degree?

I was very lucky to have been offered an early entry contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District, which guaranteed me a teaching position for the 2013-2014 school year. Even better, I found position teaching second grade at Hamlin Charter Academy in West Hills, which is only five minutes from home. I will be working with a great group of second grade teachers in a school that has been honored for its academic achievements (CA Distinguished School, National Blue Ribbon School, Title I High Achieving School). I have also been approached by the principal at the school to possibly start an after school program run by the teachers, so we'll see where that goes!

Why did you choose to come to Pepperdine GSEP?

I chose Pepperdine for several reasons. First, the proximity of the Encino campus to my home was a key factor in my decision. Also, the flexibility of evening and weekend classes allowed me more time at home with my family, especially since my son was only two years old when I started the program. Finally, the reputation of Pepperdine was incredibly important to me. There are a lot of teaching programs from which to choose, but Pepperdine's program stands out on a resume and with school administrators (truly I believe this is why I was able to find a job so quickly and easily). I don't believe I could have gotten a better quality "teacher education" anywhere else. The education I received at Pepperdine was invaluable and well-worth the cost.