Online Education Helps Busy Mom Prepare for Future as a Math Teacher

Online University Student Marion Brooks

For stay-at-home mom Marion Brooks, earning a degree in teaching math online has proved to be exactly what she was looking for: a flexible, affordable way to pursue a high-demand job as a math teacher despite the demands of being a busy married mother of two young boys.

Marion, who lives in Troy, N.Y., has been a WGU student since fall 2010. She recently answered a few questions about her WGU experience for WGU Connection:

What is your program of study?

Master’s in Mathematics Education, grades 5–12

What is your favorite aspect of being a WGU student?

The flexibility of all coursework and assessments at Western Governors University drew me to the school. General deadlines are outlined each term; however, assignments and exams are all ultimately completed at a pace that I set personally each month. And even while a large portion of the course work is independent, I know from experience that my mentors are eager to provide any academic and personal support necessary to help me achieve my goals.

WGU also offers great value for the cost. Compared with most distance learning and online schools, WGU proves to be reasonably priced. This is especially true for motivated students that are able to move at a faster pace. It is great to know that I have access to all courses within my program of study each term.

What are your plans after you finish your degree?

Once my boys enter full-time school themselves, I hope to substitute teach at local middle and/or high schools. This will allow me to ease back into the field and get to know the schools in my area. From there, I plan to pursue a faculty position at a community college and/or a high school mathematics teaching career.

Outside of work and WGU, what do you like to do?

Enjoy friends and family!

Tell us a little more about yourself.

I have been married for five years and have two young boys. My husband James is also currently a student, pursuing his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. It is always a challenge to balance my time and keep the most important aspects of life in focus. While working to be a good wife, mom, and student, there isn’t a lot of time for extra activities. I feel so very blessed to be able to stay at home with my boys and have the opportunity to continue my education at Western Governors University.

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