Tracy graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Family Studies and Child Development. She went on to receive a post-bachelorette degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in middle school Math and Language Arts and specialization in Family and Consumer Sciences at the high school level. Later, she received a Master's degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. She has always had a love and passion for learning, which is likely what led her to a career in education. Tracy pride's herself on seeking new and exciting ways to deliver curriculum in an ever-changing society.
Tracy has been teaching in Arizona for 11 years. Prior to stepping foot in a classroom, she managed city recreation programs for several years, where she learned how to effectively manage 150+ students, which provided her the classroom management skills necessary for the secondary classroom. She has taught 5th - 8th grades (all content areas). Most recently she moved into an Instructional Coaching position within the same school district. She is excited to embark on this new adventure where she will be working with new teachers and helping all district stakeholders embrace and execute the Common Core standards.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating classes at Grand Canyon University has confirmed my passion and commitment to the field of education. Working with students through the student-teaching phase of their education has been the highlight of my work at GCU. It's exciting to see what's going on in classrooms around the country. I have learned so much from some of the finest "teachers-to-be" and I believe this is the key to an educator's success - the willingness to be lifelong learners and the ability to be humble enough to learn from everyone around you!
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
When working with students in the online setting, I think it's important to be engaged in the forum as often as possible. Being there for students makes their journey more valuable. Building relationships with my students is a number one priority! Students need to feel their value in the forum and constructive feedback is essential to their success! Lastly, I pride myself on promoting a critical-thinking classroom where students are expected to continually question, confirm and solidify their beliefs, understandings and commitment to the field of education!
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
It's hard to pick just one success story. There are so many! Generally speaking, when GCU students successfully complete their student-teaching journey, graduate and secure a teaching position.......that is SUCCESS!