My mother was a special education teacher. My father and stepmother were involved in their local school district. There were always teachers at my house. Two of my very best friends were the sons of teachers. I hung out in my mother’s office with her peers. I was surrounded by professional educators. It was their wisdom, advice, and positive outlook that influenced me, so it was no surprise when I decided I wanted to teach and work in education. It was also no surprise that I married the daughter of a lifelong teacher, who also became a teacher herself.
I earned my undergraduate degree at FSU in Social Science, and then my path took me a variety of places… but it eventually led back to Tallahassee. I chose the College of Education because of the people, and because of the almost unlimited learning opportunities there were – research roundtables, conferences, dinner dialogues, and volunteer and community service opportunities – both inside and outside of the classroom.
I also chose the FSU College of Education because I was interested in getting involved in government and the location here is perfect for that. Over the past four years, I have worked at the Florida Department of Education and now serve as the Executive Director of the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows program inside the Executive Office of the Governor. I have the privilege of working with some of the top students from all over Florida and know that FSU and the College of Education have helped put me in this position to succeed.
If you were born to teach like I was, I can’t recommend the FSU College of Education highly enough. From research and presentation opportunities to holiday parties and college-wide tailgates, there are hundreds of opportunities to get involved, learn, and have fun with your fellow students and current leaders and researchers in the field.