We had the pleasure of speaking with Cory Doehne, a student of CityU’s Bachelor of Arts in Education program. Cory is a husband and father of four, recently he earned a teaching internship in the Longview School District.
Here is what Cory had to say about his experience at CityU:
Q: Tell us a little about yourself – where do you work and what brought you to City University of Seattle?
After graduating from Kelso High School in 1999, I joined the Army where I spent time in Georgia, Colorado, and South Korea. I have been married for fourteen years and have four children. For the last seven years I have been a stay-at-home dad, a soccer coach and a student. I have also recently gained an internship at Columbia Valley Gardens in the Longview School District.
What brought me to CityU was the flexibility of the classes, the class sizes, and the location. Since I have so many responsibilities to so many people, I needed courses with small classes that met once a week in my area. My CityU advisors and professors that have supported and worked with me while at the university have made me stay, want to succeed, and be the student I want to be.
Q: Why were you drawn to CityU’s B.A. Education Program?
The suggestions made by my children’s teachers and my teachers at Lower Columbia College (LCC) are what pushed me towards CityU’s Education program. From my experience preparing my children for school and coaching children’s soccer, I realized I had the ability to work with and educate the youth. Another benefit I found important was the high success rate of CityU graduates finding jobs after completing their degrees.
Q: How has this program helped you in your career so far?
Be it the classes or the internships, I have gained an extremely large amount of useful and needed experience for working with children. I believe the classes have made me a better father and coach by teaching me how children learn and how to promote their understanding in all areas.
Q: What has been your favorite course, why?
Aside from the courses where I have got to be in a classroom working with students, my favorite class has been EML 481: Standards of Mathematics Practice. I have been able to pass on what I learned in the course to other students in my cohort and current teachers I work with in the classroom. Dr. Gayle Smith has been the best mathematics endorsement teacher I have had the pleasure of working with while at CityU.
Q: Is there anything you are taking away from your experience so far that is surprising to you?
Thus far, I have found it somewhat surprising that I can jump right into a placement and become part of the student’s life. I knew I had the ability to work with kids and educate kids, but I had no clue I would be able to familiarize myself with a curriculum or classroom expectations so quickly and effectively.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would like to add that my experiences with students thus far has been extremely rewarding and I have had so much positive feedback from everyone helping me develop my abilities. Teaching is not for everyone, just like being a doctor is not for everyone, and that is okay. Talk to current and former teachers you know and whose opinions you respect, read some articles about the current teacher situation, volunteer in a school, and learn as much as you can about the curriculums around you before deciding a teaching career is your future.
Thanks for speaking with us Cory!