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Alumni Highlight: Ashley Burke

Posted by Byrne on 2017 March 25

Ashley Burke, B.S.

In a country where jobs in the field of education are scarce and competitive, alumni like Ashley Burke, B.S. provide students with a hope for a thriving future in the field.

Ms. Burke is a Marywood University alumna from the class of 2013, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Since graduating from Marywood, she has had various experiences in the field, teaching English at a summer camp through the Teaching English in Poland (TEIP) program, working as a pre-kindergarten teacher at the Edison Early Learning Center, and acting as a teacher’s aide in a kindergarten classroom in the Lakeland School District. Since that time, Ms. Burke has earned her Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade Special Education certification through Marywood University, and is now teaching Learning Support to fourth and fifth grade students at Susquehanna Community Elementary School for her second year. In addition to managing a full-time job in the field of education, she is also currently working tirelessly towards earning her Master’s degree in Special Education.

When asked what she enjoys most about being a teacher, Ms. Burke stated she loves the moment when a student achieves a goal: “it is amazing to see students set goals, watch them make progress, and successfully reach their goal.” Ms. Burke’s students are able to obtain great success thanks to her undying hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm.

Ms. Burke believes her education at Marywood University has provided her with a “plethora of different experiences” that allowed her to “decide where [she] wanted to be and what [she] wanted to do.” She appreciates the opportunities she had to develop personal relationships with her best friends, professors, and the people of the Marywood community.

Since Ms. Burke understands how challenging it can be to earn a job in the field of education, she suggests that all current students attend professional development events and get involved in the field in any way possible. She believes “the best way to learn is through experiences [because] getting involved will help you build relationships with professionals in the field.”

The Marywood University Department of Education and the Reap College would like to congratulate Ashley Burke on her success in the field of Education. We wish her the best of luck in her future professional endeavors!

Topics: Education

Posted by Erin Byrne

Erin Byrne, who is pursuing a master's degree in speech language pathology at Marywood, is a graduate assistant in the Reap College of Education and Human Development.

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