2008 - Master in Special Education - Grand Canyon University
|Rebekah McCarthy received her Master's Degree through GCU in Special Education and has been teaching online in the College of Education since August 2010. Rebekah taught in Special Education in the public school system for several years and worked with many different types of students with various disabilities. She now runs her own business doing 1:1 teaching for students with learning disabilities in addition to teaching classes for GCU.
She lives in sunny beautiful Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and her two young daughters. Her husband also attends GCU.
|How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
I have very much enjoyed my time teaching online classes for GCU. I knew that I wanted to stay in education and continue to work with students that have special needs. I also wanted to stay home with my daughter when she was first born and teaching online classes for GCU helped me to fulfill this dream. I found my purpose for teaching coupled with my love for family.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
In my classes I am often discussing the importance of being flexible and meeting the individual needs of students. I try to practice this in my online classes. I understand that my students are each individuals that may have different learning needs. I make myself available through many different forms of communication and take individual student's needs into consideration.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
I had a student in one of my classes who had struggled with having a learning disability all of her life. I was able to work with her on assignments and communicate with her over the phone to explain expectations. She let me know at one point that she did not think she could be a teacher since she was having this much difficulty. We talked about how teachers who struggled themselves often become the best teachers down the road. She did very well in the course and left feeling positive about becoming a special education teacher.