First grade teacher Mary Esposito completed her master’s program in school leadership by distance while working at the Dubai American Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Monroe B. Gerhart, WilmU’s chair of school leadership in the College of Education-Graduate, will work with Esposito’s principal and mentor for clinical courses.
Esposito moved to Dubai in August, but had never been to the Middle East. She decided to travel and teach internationally last summer, and had applied through an agency that linked American teachers with international schools.
“I had interviews with more than 15 different schools in 12 different countries,” says Esposito. “I chose Dubai American Academy because I knew it was the right fit for me professionally, and it would be a great place to grow and learn.”
After she accepted the job, she began the search for an educational master’s program. Wilmington University was her top pick, and she enrolled in spring 2014.
“I already knew I would be moving to Dubai over the summer, so I needed a program that would allow me to continue my degree abroad,” says Esposito. “ I liked WilmU because the staff was willing to work with me as I traveled, and still offered a great, challenging program.”
“I liked WilmU because the staff was willing to work with me as I traveled, and still offered a great, challenging program.”
Esposito says that WilmU’s online courses have offered her the best of both worlds. “I have been able to grow globally through experiencing many different cultures here, but I’m still able to grow my pedagogy. I think these courses give me a leg up in a competitive, global market, and keep me relevant and current.”
Most of the students who attend the academy are seeking “that American education,” says Esposito, “so we follow the Common Core State Standards, as well as the new science: Next Generation Science Standards.” She doesn’t teach English as a language, though she is learning Arabic.
“I am able to observe my school and co-workers and apply it to my studies,” says Esposito. “This allows me to have more concrete examples of topics and ideas that I may be reading about or discussing with my groups. I find that Wilmington University’s online courses are well balanced, and as such, help me to be a well-balanced educator.”WU