Micah and Kristy Shinn
Husband and wife Micah and Kristy Shinn completed their degrees in tandem.
Kristy, an 8th – 12th grade math teacher, wanted to approach her lessons in fresh and innovative ways that would enhance her students’ learning. She decided to pursue a master’s degree to do so. In addition to offering content that was relevant to what she wanted to study, Shinn was seeking a program that offered flexibility in scheduling. Drexel’s MLT program was her final choice.
Micah chose the program because it was offered entirely online, and he could keep his position as a teacher while earning his degree.
Kristy has no doubts that the program challenged her to think critically in different ways, and deepened her knowledge of teaching mathematics, and her approach to the way students learn. An additional bonus of the program: Kristy improved her communication skills, as she learned to be clear and concise in her emails and online discussions with peers.
Micah says that online collaboration helped him in an unexpected way. Discussions with his peers helped him adapt to a variety of learning and teaching styles, which can strengthen him as an educator and enrich the experience of his students.
Aside from the convenience of taking courses online, Kristy says that her favorite aspect of her education was the meaningful relationships she forged.
“I developed long-lasting personal and professional relationships through the program that have made me a better teacher,” Kristy says.
Both appreciated the involvement and dedication of Program Director Jason Silverman.
“Jason is genuinely invested in his students’ success,” Kristy says. “He wanted you to understand why he wanted you to complete a task. That helped me as a student.”
Micah says of Silverman, "he is an outstanding leader and provides many opportunities for student voices to be heard."
After completing the program, Kristy continued to teach math at Carlisle High School, and has also become an adjunct professor at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. Micah is currently teaching, and plans to earn his doctoral degree in education in the future.