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Featuring George Fohl '00

 

Graduate School:  The College of William and Mary

Graduate Program: Curriculum and Instruction - Gifted Education Emphasis

Information on George's employment profile

Position: Physical Science Teacher-Eighth Grade

School District: Chesterfield County Public Schools

Location: Midlothian, VA

(Profiled: May 2013)

 

♦  What influenced your decision to go to graduate school?
  How did you explore graduate schools?

♦  Did you obtain a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship?  If so, what was that application process like?

 

What influenced your decision to go to graduate school?

I decided to get my master’s degree because I felt like I had the knowledge to teach, but I wanted more tools to work with in my toolbox – so to speak.

 

How did you explore graduate school?

I first began with prayer. I was torn between going to seminary to become a youth pastor and some kind of chemistry or education degree. Since a master’s program is a big commitment, I wanted to make sure I moved forward in confidence.

 

Once I decided to pursue an education degree, I sought counsel. I called up a former GCC professor and we talked at length about good schools and programs, options, risks, etc. I also talked with a few trusted people in my school district.

 

I, then, looked up rankings, took the GRE, and applied to the school and program I wanted to pursue.

 

Did you obtain a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship?  If so, what was that application process like?

No. I went part time, so I was still teaching as I worked on my degree.

 

 

 

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