Theodore Sarager earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Ken Blanchard School of Business at Grand Canyon University. He has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the subject matters of business management, leadership, and organizational behavior at Grand Canyon University for 1 and ½ years.
Mr. Sarager has spent the majority of his career in the banking industry where he has held a variety of positions. He is fluent in Spanish and spent two years in South America serving in a number of leadership capacities. He strives to bring his real life experiences in the professional business world into the classroom.
Mr.Sarager enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters. He enjoys traveling, reading, playing the guitar, learning new things, and spending time with family and friends. Professor Sarager was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and now lives in Mesa, AZ.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Throughout my life, I have learned that the most rewarding experiences often come when I forget about myself and focus on serving others. Teaching online courses provides a unique opportunity for me to serve the students in my classrooms and help make a positive impact on their lives. The online classroom helps me achieve my purpose which is to serve students and help them reach their goals.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I believe that one of the most effective ways to learn is through experience. The online classroom is a great forum for students and instructors to share their real-life experiences as they relate to the topics and material we are discussing each week. In the discussion forums, I encourage students to share experiences as they relate to the subject matter being discussed and I also try to draw from my experiences to help students better understand the material. Being able to relate the material to real-life situations helps the lessons come alive.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
I recently taught a course in which a student, who was very new to the online environment, was struggling to complete the assignments. He was not struggling because he did not understand the material, but he was struggling due to the online method of instruction. Over the course of many phone conversations, I was able to help the student understand how to navigate the online classroom and he was able to gain a better understanding of the online classroom. After a very rough start, this student was able to successfully complete the course with a favorable final grade. It was very rewarding to see this student grow as he progressed throughout the course.