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Why did you choose the act! program?

When I did my undergraduate work, my advisor suggested I get a Bachelor in Science before pursuing licensure so that I would have a stronger base. Before entering act!, I earned a BS with majors in Biology and Anthropology, worked in a hospital laboratory, began a family, and then worked in product development. All along, I planned to earn licensure so that I could teach.

Why did you choose to change your career to secondary teaching in math or science?

I’ve always wanted to teach. I was finally able to justify the sacrifices my family would need to make to allow my return to school.

Why did you choose the act! program?

Time saving was my draw into the program. That meant great money savings as well. As it turns out, the benefits of flexibility, support, and enthusiasm by those running the program is what I am most thankful for.

What is your current profession?

I tutor and have organized an enrichment physics course that I will be teaching to gifted students this school year. I will be teaching astronomy in summer school. I hope to find a full time teaching position for this coming school year.

How are you feeling about your decision to change professions?

I am thrilled about making the decision to change professions. Even though I am not yet a full time teacher, I have been able to work with students regularly. There are not words to describe the rewarding feeling of connecting with students, seeing those light bulbs go on, and opening their minds to possibilities. Teaching and motivating, there is nothing greater.

What is the best part of the act! program and the alternative pathway to licensure?

Prior to the act! Program, obtaining licensure in education seemed like an impossibility to me. The Act! Program provided flexibility and support that allowed me to pursue a career change to the education field while maintaining a career and family.

What has been the most challenging component of licensure?

Navigating through the requirements was a challenge, although there was always help available.


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