Ken Blanchard College of Business
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership - Argosy University, FL
M.A. in Education - University of Phoenix - AZ
B.A. in English - New Jersey City-State University, NJ
A.A. in Elementary Education - Essex County College, NJ
About Veronica Sims
Veronica Sims resides in New Jersey and has been teaching for GCU online since 2006. She has over eight certifications in Technology and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. Doctor Sims background is in Education, with over 25 years in the classroom facilitating Information Technology, Business, Leadership, Visual Communication, and Education classes. She has also served as Faculty Mentor and Department Chair, Vice President of the Faculty Senate, and sat on Faculty Advisory board at Community College.
Doctors Sims is currently the President of a non-profit organization, "Academic Journey to Success," an organization that helps underprivileged students get into college, choose the right program of study, and monitors the students' progress until graduation. She is also a partner in a family computer business that offers internship programs for students seeking degrees in Information Technology. Dr. Sims is a highly motivated professional who enjoys working with students.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating online courses at GCU has helped me find my purpose in life, which is making a difference in someone else's life. I believe all students can succeed if given the proper guidance and understanding. My purpose is to help students develop skills and abilities that will accommodate creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration that will eventually help students become "independent, self-directed, lifelong learners." I realize I may not witness the final product, but I can be confident that I have done my best and that my students will do their best in the future. In the end, their success is a shared experience.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
As an educator, I aspire to facilitate learning through inquiry and investigation, by providing students with direction, and, by becoming a pivotal force in their quest to produce scholarly work. In addition, I make certain I am always available to address students' needs, return graded assignments in a timely manner, and be available whenever they need me.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
Over the years at GCU I have heard many different success stories. One story that sticks out for me is a student who had recently completed her Master's degree. She called me at home to say how much she enjoyed my class and wanted to know if we could keep in touch. She mentioned she wanted to obtain a Doctorate, but felt she was too old. I explained to her that I was in my fifties when I received my Doctorate. After speaking with her for some time she was convinced, and she planned to enroll in the program within six months. As an educator I try to encourage each of my students to become a lifelong learner.