Eleisha Dickson, graduating from Nyack College’s 5-year program in May 2013 with both a BS and MSEd in Childhood Special Education, immediately begins her first teaching assignment beginning in July in Kissimmee, Florida. Eleisha’s first post is teaching fifth grade at Southland Christian School. She starts the summer with an A Beka curriculum conference in Pensacola, Florida, the home of A Beka Book.
Eleisha, finishing with honors, shares her appreciation for her fruitful time spent in the Nyack College School of Education. “I could not have asked for better professors to challenge me, push me to set high goals, and walk alongside me every step of the way. ... It is an incredible feeling knowing both my BS and MSEd are completed and with excellence, may I add. God blessed me and I am thrilled to see how he will move this coming year. I hope to be as good of an example to my students as my education professors were to me! Because of them, I can walk into my first year teaching with confidence in my abilities and with an open heart and mind to learn from my co-workers and administrators.”
The School of Education’s 5-year program currently in place at Nyack College makes it possible for students to achieve both their Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education and Master of Science in Special Education. Completers of this program earn NYS Certification in both Childhood Education (grades 1 – 6) and Childhood Special Education (grades 1 – 6).
Eleisha describes the 5-year program with its benefits and challenges:
This is why I came to Nyack. Not many schools offer this opportunity for dual certification and a BS in one area and MSEd in another. …
This program is not easy. It is challenging, time consuming, and exhausting, but it is absolutely worth all of the work IF teaching ALL learners is the calling God has on an individual’s life and the reason why they live. That is me. Teaching is my passion. After the fourth year, all my friends graduated and I felt completely alone with one year of school left. I spent many hours wishing I was home and wanting to give up. ... [But I had professors who] constantly encouraged me to keep pressing through, while still taking time for myself and time to relax with the few friends I had left on campus.
All the good things in life are difficult, but almost always worth every bit of stress and frustration. This program is one of those excellent, yet rigorous opportunities, which should be taken advantage of by those who are committed to hard work and becoming the best teacher they can be, while growing as an individual as well, emotionally and spiritually. Every single professor in the program will push and challenge, but they will NEVER hang a student out to dry; they are always willing to help over and over and over again both academically and spiritually. This is a one of a kind program! I couldn't have asked for better!
Eleisha assures us, “I am very excited to begin teaching and putting into practice all I learned at Nyack in the Education program. Let the journey begin!"
You may enjoy reading in more depth about the experiences and insights Eleisha shares in her blog about student teaching called Journey to the light at the end of the tunnel: Stepping into my calling.
The photo shows an eager Eleisha in the frame of her new school home Southland Christian School.