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  • Q&A: Payton Kinnison, MA.Ed ’22
    Payton Kinnison was working a job that wasn’t fulfilling and knew she wanted a career. “Before I started my cert and MA, I was working in the millwork industry as a purchaser (really putting that English major to use lol) and realized that I was simply at an office job, and not doing anything that...
  • Q&A: Vickery Ottaway, current student
    Vickery  Ottaway knew she wanted to earn her initial teaching certification and then proceed into a master’s program. Avila offers the opportunity for aspiring teachers to earn their certification, start working as a classroom teacher, and then earn their master’s with only an additional 18 credit hours.  Why was Avila and their program the right...
  • Education Takes Lead for Women in Leadership Positions
    Women have been battling an uphill climb into leadership positions for decades and are slowly making headway, but gender equality remains an issue. Women are still fighting against gender pay disparities, a lack of opportunities and promotions against their male counterparts, and a missing voice at the table.  Women have faced harsh setbacks during the...
  • Q&A: Danielle Sloop, MA.Ed ’22
    Danielle Sloop, Master of Arts in Education ‘22, was looking for a career change when she found Avila’s MAEd geared toward working professionals. “By offering evening and online courses, I could easily take classes that fit my schedule. The program also offered teaching certification within two years, which appealed to me, as I was eager...
  • Q&A: Kate Sweeney, MA.Ed student
    Kate Sweeney is a mom, a full-time employee, and a current Avila student in the Master of Arts in Education program. She earned her initial teaching certification from Avila in 2020 and continued toward her master’s.  Sweeney is currently an ELA and Impact Academy Instructor at Guadalupe Centers High School. Sweeney said she would love...
  • Q&A: Megan Carnes MA.Ed
    Megan Carnes graduated from Avila with her BA and decided to return to earn her teaching certification and Master of Arts in Education. “Avila’s program is an undiscovered gem in the metro area,” said Carnes. Carnes is now a Journalism teacher at Park Hill High School in the Park Hill School District.   “I have...
  • Q&A: Pamela Burham MA.Ed ’19
    Pamela Burham, MAEd ‘19 began her career in the field of Criminal Justice, but couldn’t find a place that sparked any passion. Her sister encouraged her to look into Avila’s education program after her own wonderful experience. After researching several local options, Burham decided Avila was the right fit for her because she could earn...
  • Q&A: Heather Chaszar MA.Ed ’17
    Heather Chaszar was changing careers to education and looking for a program that offered course flexibility while meeting her needs as a working adult. She found Avila’s Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum & Instruction.  “After completing the required professional education coursework, transitioning into the master’s program was seamless. Receiving an MAEd in Curriculum...
  • Q&A: Carolyn Brown MA.Ed ’22
    Carolyn Brown is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Education at Avila University. Earlier in her career, she completed the teacher certification program. “After completing the certification program at Avila, I decided that it would be beneficial to continue my learning and pursue my Master of Arts in Education,” said Brown.  “Avila was the...
  • Q&A: Brett Beneke MA.Ed ’19
    Brett Beneke completed his teaching certification in Secondary Education at Avila and returned a few years later to earn his Master of Arts in Education in 2019. Brett said, “One of my undergraduate professors at KU raved about Avila’s approach to taking people with existing degrees and getting them classroom-ready.” Upon earning his certification, he...
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