Monique Smalling received her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting from California State University, Sacramento. She is currently a CPA .
Monique started her career with an international public accounting firm where she planned and managed audit and consulting engagements with up to a dozen team members. Monique left public accounting to help one of her clients through their IPO, a start-up software company. She also worked as a controller at a private golf club, which her husband loved.
Monique has also worked as a senior audit manager for a local public accounting firm. There, she was responsible for hiring, training, scheduling, and supervising all professional staff, in addition to managing the firm's audit engagements and clients.
Monique has been teaching accounting in higher education for over seven years and said she enjoys every minute of it. Monique teaches Intermediate Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Managerial and Cost Accounting classes.
Monique lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband and their two young daughters. She likes to golf, snow ski/snowboard, work out, play with her children, and volunteer in their classrooms. As a family they enjoy spending weekends in Lake Tahoe and at the beach.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
When I worked as a manager at a CPA firm, the favorite part of my job was training and teaching my staff. Facilitating online courses at GCU allows me to do this and I love it. I enjoy sharing my work experiences with my students and helping them learn accounting. I love the feeling when a concept clicks for a student and they understand the material.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I teach accounting, which is a lot of numbers and computations. Sometimes the best way to learn a concept is to practice it. I find that providing students with an example of how to work through a problem in the discussions is an effective teaching tool. I will provide an example with actual numbers for students to work through, and then provide the solution a couple days later. It can be a great way for student to learn when they can see a concept with actual numbers and the solution.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
I had a student who contacted me at the beginning of a class to tell me she was terrified of accounting and was dreading my class. I encouraged her before and during the class, in addition to answering a lot of questions. At the end of the class, she told me how much she had learned and was even interested in taking more accounting classes. It was great to help her get past her fear of numbers and accounting.