An Introduction by Liz Glodek

The New Year is Fast Approaching

There seems to be consensus that the older we get, the faster the New Year comes. But the end of the year is a universal time when people spend some time in reflection and also in considering the potential that the next year holds. We write resolutions both serious and silly. This year, I resolve to make more time for my husband… By spending less time on Pinterest. Whatever the list ends up being, it becomes less important than the actual act of reflection; that pause as we consider all of the blessings we received and all of the challenges we overcame.

This year, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and the Transition to Teaching program and are excited to announce that we will mark the occasion with a reception on Monday, February 10 (details below). As many of you may know, these two programs are designed to help people transition from their current careers into the teaching profession, providing the coursework for teacher licensure and for the master’s candidates, a graduate degree as well. All within two years (including summers)! It is a rigorous program, but as our alums can attest, an enormously satisfying one as well.

It has been my privilege to work with the candidates in our graduate education programs as well as the faculty and administrators in Simpson’s Teacher Education Program. In this issue of our newsletter, you can also read about Korey McKasson, a Simpson graduate who started his MAT program this fall in the 2013 Cohort. Though Korey’s journey is his own; I’m sure you will see the similarities to yours as well.

And finally, on behalf of everyone in Continuing & Graduate Programs, I share our many good wishes to you and yours this holiday season. May your homes be filled with great joy and small delights and everything in between as you celebrate with family and friends. As we wrap up the fall semester and find our minds already racing to the spring semester, we hope that you’ll take time to enjoy the holidays. As Helen Keller reminds us The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

Liz Glodek

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