Find out more about the educational path this alum pursued.
Meet Lisa Blue,
For fourth grade teacher Lisa Blue, teaching is a personal calling. She found the motivation to go back to school at the age of 47 after years of working to understand and support her autistic son. Having a special needs child herself meant Blue had a lot of hands-on knowledge that would help her in her studies toward achieving her Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Special Education.
But this knowledge didn’t make it any less daunting for Blue to enroll. It had been years since she had been in school and she knew a lot had changed. “Going back to school was shocking and terrifying. I had no idea what PowerPoint was. Last time I was in school, I used a typewriter and carbon paper,” says Blue. But she took the plunge.
Blue credits the support she received from the College of Education as key to her success as a student. When she received a C on her first paper, her instructor provided guidance and the chance to rework it. Her second attempt earned her an A, as well as the confidence to keep at her studies. Because her teachers were also out in the field working, their lessons were rooted in relevant, real-life experiences, which she put into practice in her own job.
A big part of Blue’s teaching is about learning compassion; recognizing that being different is what gives life its color. This acceptance and openness extends to her studies as well. As she says, “You go in with a plan and sometimes you have to throw it out," she explains. "It’s not going to be perfect, but if you find that personal driving force and a supportive school like University of Phoenix, you can achieve your goals.”
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