Therese Bonmati, an alumna of the M.S. in Educational Administration program, is in her first year as vice principal at Triton Regional High School in Runnemede, NJ. She had been a teacher for 12 years when she decided to enroll in the program.
“I love working with young people and I am determined to improve the educational system from within, rather than tear it down from the outside,” Bonmati says. “A career in educational leadership was the next logical step in my path.”
Earning a degree online was key for Bonmati. She needed the flexibility that online learning provided, and the ability to participate regardless of where she was geographically. She began the program while visiting family in Spain for a month.
“When I began my studies at Drexel, I thought I knew a lot about the world of education,” Bonmati says. “I could not have been more wrong; my views were limited to what I saw in my classroom. I learned about the complexities of education and the various stakeholders of which an administrator has to be aware.”
One aspect of the program that stood above other schools she had researched was the number of internship hours that Drexel required. Most institutions offering similar programs require between 150 and 300 hours; Drexel requires double that (600). Bonmati spent an entire year working with her school’s administrative team, gaining valuable experience and insight along the way.
And her education wasn’t a solo effort; it was enriched greatly by her peers.
“The knowledge I gained by interacting with classmates all over the globe was extremely enlightening,” Bonmati says. “I gained so much perspective because of the diversity [in my courses].”
Although Bonmati learned a great deal in the program, she understands that only time will afford alumni intimate knowledge of their particular school, since each school is unique. Despite that, Bonmati feels confident that the program will help advance her career.
“[After graduation] I felt prepared to comprehend the differences and learn how best to do my job,” she says