Armed with the skills to think critically and speak clearly, Carolyn Conlon landed a job as a lead fifth grade teacher at Great Hearts Western Hills in San Antonio, Texas, before she even stepped off Franciscan’s campus with her degrees.
Through the discussion-based learning style in many of her English courses, Carolyn learned to think at a higher level and express herself in a clear manner, which prepared her for the interview process.
“Professors challenged me to be a better thinker and writer and to ask my own questions and really dive into the text to have quality discussions about literature,” says Carolyn. “Through these discussions, I learned to pursue truth, goodness, and beauty, which made me stand out from other candidates.”
In her education classes, Carolyn learned how to engage students from diverse backgrounds with different types of learning styles.
Education professors Dr. Tiffany Boury and Dr. Susan Poyo gave Carolyn many opportunities to cultivate her leadership skills and encouraged her to seek out professional development. During her four years at Franciscan, Carolyn served as an officer in Chiron Student Advisory Council and was able to present at various conferences, such as the McDonough Leadership Conference and Kappa Delta Pi 2017 Convocation. Through Chiron, Carolyn also helped start a Lending Libraries Project in Steubenville, a coding workshop for local children, and a series of professional development workshops for fellow education students.
“My professors at Franciscan not only helped me develop a love for learning, but also a deep passion for teaching because I learned to view my students as individuals who have value and dignity and to see teaching as my mission to share truth, goodness, and beauty and be a light of Christ.”