I believe that we are guided to our destiny by others’ deeds and words. While working as a dental hygienist, I engaged with patients to learn a little about them, their lives, and their careers. During these conversations I could figure out what made them ‘tick’ so that I could find a way to teach each person how to achieve optimal dental health.
Poll results about the family table provide varied results, with some reporting shared family meals still at a high rate (Ferdman, 2014), while others indicate dinnertime is rapidly becoming a dying tradition (Delistraty, 2014). One thing, however, is a certainty: modern families have a litany of hurdles to overcome when it comes to banding together to eat. Factors related to resources such as household income, employment, and the increase in two-parent working families have negatively
Why did you choose to go back to school and pursue a doctorate degree? I set the bar for my personal goals of success at the top, the highest I could go. I didn’t want to go out into the world and find that there were doors that weren’t open to me because I didn’t have a high enough degree. With a PhD, it’s the highest I can go, and it eliminates glass ceilings in the career force. If I want to teach at a university, I have a better chance having a PhD than I do with a master’s degree
I have been teaching at Northcentral University for nearly 7 years. When I first began, I had a partner, a toddler, an infant, and a yellow lab named Parker. As I met with my students on the phone or through video conferencing, I was struck by the wonderful diversity of people who were showing up to study marriage and family therapy with the purpose of bringing healing to others and to themselves. My students inspire me.
Previous education and degrees earned: Bachelor’s and Master’s
My previous degrees were a BA in Political Science/Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, followed by a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. I also completed various military schools while serving in the U.S. Army.
Why did you choose to go back to school and pursue your doctorate degree?
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