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The educational field has always been an important arena in my family. My Grandmother often related stories about her experiences in rural Iowa schools. My Mother also began her career in a one room school and worked very hard to finally earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970. I remember both women discussing the teaching profession and realized the importance they placed on learning and educational success. I know that part of the reason that I entered teaching was to become part of the profession that was placed in such high regard in my family. Other reasons for entering teaching included a deep love of children, a belief in the ideals set by President John Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a strong sense of moral responsibility for the future of the country and world.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Norman McCumsey


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