Grand Prize Winner
I've been #RowanProud since 1961 when I was seven years old and in first grade. It was then I traveled to Glassboro from North Jersey with my grandparents to attend my aunt's graduation from what was then Glassboro State Teachers College. I was absolutely awestruck by the campus, and the ceremony. Right then and there, with total certainty, I knew this was where I wanted to attend college.
After two years of school, I had already decided I wanted to become a teacher. Never once did I waver from these decisions. While attending Hunterdon Central High School, I applied and was accepted for early admission to Glassboro State College and was accepted. Fifteen years after my aunt's graduation as she watched, I joined her as a GSC graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. If I close my eyes for just a moment, I can still recall the spring day of my graduation, and how much it resembled the ceremony I attended as a child.
My Rowan pride had me returning to Glassboro in 1983 for a graduate studies program in Computers in Education. After completing this program, I continued on to get my Master's Degree in Supervision and Curriculum Development. Thirty years after I first stepped on the grounds with Rowan pride, I graduated for a second time on the lawn in front of Bunce Hall.
A half century after my first visit, Prof pride brought me back to the campus as an adjunct professor teaching Educational Technology for the College of Education. I am so humbled and uplifted by the opportunity to have a role in the development of another generation of educators. As if that wasn't enough, I am overjoyed since starting in my new position in the Rowan Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Working there has allowed me to discover the true talent and commitment of the Rowan faculty. It has also filled me with an even greater pride to be part of the Rowan family.