DeJanna Pressley graduated from UGA’s Mary Frances Early College of Education with a Master’s of Education in Science Education in summer 2019. Currently, Pressley works as a 7th grade middle school teacher in the Newton County School District.
Because of her full-time employment status, the online degree option was well-suited for Pressley. “I wanted to expand my knowledge of science to become a better teacher for my students,” she said. “I was able to balance the academic workload and the teacher workload.”
The program introduced implementing socioscientific issues and Next Generation Science Standards. These resources allowed Pressley to take a different approach to teaching science. She’s also noticed an increase in engagement among her students.
“To anyone interested in an online program, get a planner,” Pressley said. “Write down all assignments, discussion board due dates, exams, and more. “Strategy and time management will be your best friend. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your assignments. Print off your syllabi and make sure that updates for classes go to your email and your phone.”
The M.Ed. Science Education courses have improved Pressley’s understanding of what science entails. She also feels more confident to take risks in the classroom to foster student success.
With this degree, Pressley hopes to continue teaching science while researching new and innovative learning strategies for her students. This degree has motivated Pressley to embark on new educational journeys and to pursue additional advanced degrees.
“This path can help strengthen my knowledge of research, development, and implementation of curriculum with K-12 and continue to learn the best ways to educate my students,” she said.