In addition to being an executive director and chair of TESOL, Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick is the counselor for GCU’s Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education as well as Educators Rising of GCU (ER GCU). In her role, she oversees the adjunct faculty and Lopes for Literacy, which is the college’s service outreach initiative. She has fulfilled a variety of roles as an educator for over 20 years. At the beginning of her career, she was a third and fourth grade English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher.
As a mom, I am so grateful for my exceptional, useful and practical educator training, mostly because I know that my first and most important job will always be that of my children’s first teacher.
When our son and daughters were in elementary school, I was very fortunate that I could be a stay-at-home mom. As such, I was able to design lots of fun learning experiences for them during the summer months.
On the first day of summer break, we would all have a family meeting, and we would create a schedule for each day of the week. The typical weekly schedule would look like something like this:
All three are avid and excellent readers. I would like attribute their success to the continuous learning that occurred throughout the year, including the summer months. Our children are now all adults: 25, 23 and 18. Having graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, our son is now working his way up to becoming a screenwriter for a television show. Our daughter just completed her first year of medical school, and she is now spending her summer in Cuenca, Ecuador, polishing up her Spanish (third language) skills and volunteering at a hospital. And, our youngest is following in her big brother’s footsteps—she just completed her first year of film studies at the university.
All three are avid and excellent readers. I would like attribute their success to the continuous learning that occurred throughout the year, including the summer months.
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