Here's my educational journey: Graduated Valencia High School in Placentia California in 1983. Took a few classes at Fullerton College and loved it, but because I had already signed up for the US NAVY, I thought it was too late to back out, so I left for boot camp on December 19, 1983. I learned THAT day that THAT was the actual day I joined the Navy, not before. I could have backed out and done a little more college...my first lesson in "Always ask questions, lots and lots of questions" about every major decision you make! Well, the Navy did teach me how to become a much better student, so who can say it was all a waste? I call it now a "necessary detour."
I did a few college classes during my almost 9 years of being a Sailor, but did not really get serious about it until 1993. Even then, it was a long process getting that 2 year degree completed, but I did finally graduate with my AA-- with honors!--from Mesa College in 1997. After this, the Veteran's Administration helped put me through my next two years at San Diego State University more quickly. I graduated with honors again for my BA in English! Thank you, US Navy, for demanding I always do my best in class!
Moving to the Inland Empire with my new family--my wife with a child on the way-- in 1999, I began my teaching career and work on my Teaching Masters degree. I was proud and grateful to receive that degree from Azusa Pacific University in 2002, just before the birth of our next child, a daughter. More kids would follow as I continued not only my career as an English Teacher at Perris High School, but also continued my education at UC Riverside, and at National University, where I earned a Masters of English.
Today, with 20 years behind me at Perris High, and with 2 of our 5 kids in college themselves at Cal Baptist University (ONLINE as well), I still feel like there's more to learn...so as I begin a new chapter of my career as an ONLINE teacher (for however long it lasts), I might just go ahead and sign up for my next DREAM degree at an ONLINE university--a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing!
Did I mention that I already have a degree that I earned 100% ONLINE? And that I earned another taking at least three online classes?
I found I actually liked learning from the comfort of home...or even sitting at a Starbucks! It is definitely different from racing class to class 7 periods a day, 5 days a week, but as with everything, it is something you can get used to, even very good at.
So here's to a chance for all of us to try something new and powerful in this age of technology: for me, it will be weird to teach without a textbook in my hand and a chalkboard to write upon. For you, learning to do school from a cozy spot at home may seem crazy! But let's both do our best and see what happens!!!