What inspired Georganne McCaulley to be a teacher is simple: she loves children.
“I was looking for a solid PreK/elementary education program online, and I found Drexel,” she says.
McCaulley says that her work in the program was both rewarding and, in ways, eye-opening. She learned almost as much from her peers as from her professors.
“I liked the contact I had with peers and the discussion boards that we could use to stimulate thoughts and ideas with each other,” McCaulley says. “I also loved the relationships I was able to develop with professors and advisors.”McCaulley also says that the preparation and advice she gained from her student teaching seminar proved to be invaluable. She said she was well-versed in how the first few days of teaching can be difficult. Without that prior knowledge, she knows she would not have been as successful.
“I refer to those first few days as ‘in the trenches.’ We were provided with many resources so that we would not simply admit defeat and quit, but rather interview at schools that fit our needs and then dig in and make the most of what was available to us,” McCaulley says.
McCaulley now feels that she possesses the skills to properly assess her students, and to tailor the curriculum to suit their needs. She also learned how to plan, keeping developmental appropriateness in mind.
Now that she’s completed her undergraduate education, McCaulley plans to teach in Virginia at an elementary school.
“Years ago, I felt that I couldn’t teach near Washington, D.C., [since it is] an area with such diverse needs, but now I know that I can,” she says.