Mor Chia Her ’10 MAE
I came for a degree. I made friends and gained important colleagues.
When she was an undergraduate student, Mor Her used to walk through the Augsburg campus on her way to the large public university. A sociology student, she thought a career as a researcher was in her future.
Then after college, Mor taught young students in an Americorps program in Philadelphia. “I felt like I made a huge difference,” she said. So she moved back to Minneapolis and applied to the master’s program in education at Augsburg. “I guess I shouldn’t have fought the inevitable.”
Mor has noticed a big different between her public university education and the small-school experience she’s had at Augsburg. “I get more attention from the instructors, and I feel more comfortable here.”
Mor is grateful for the friendships she’s formed with other MAE students, especially those who are already teaching. “We help each other, learn from each other, and support each other, and they are a great resource because they work in the field.” She’s even convinced her classmates to do service work at the school where she works.
Ross Brower ’10 MAE
I came for a degree. I gained skills that I can bring into my classroom.
After getting his undergraduate degree in mathematics, Ross Brower knew that he wanted to be a teacher. Then he “lucked out” and landed a job teaching math, computer, and study skills to new students at a Minneapolis college, but he felt something was missing from his own education.
“I like working with students at the college level,” he says, “but I needed some training in teaching. And, I missed being on that side of the desk.”
Ross pursued a Master of Arts degree at Augsburg, a program that also includes courses from the Master of Arts in Leadership. He feels that the ability to combine education and leadership courses will bring him greater opportunities for career development.
He says he was able to apply all lessons—from note taking and study skills to teaching writing strategies to creative problem solving—to his daily work. “I can use my own experience and incorporate what I learn right away into my own classes as a teacher.”
As a parent, teacher, coach, and student, Ross says Augsburg’s location and schedule fit into his life. “It’s never easy to go to school, but Augsburg makes it possible.”
Toby Schroder ’11 MAE
I came for a degree. I made a change for the better.
Why would a construction and landscape worker quit his job to go to graduate school? For Toby, it was about making a difference. “I figured there were enough houses and yards. I wanted to do something worthwhile.”
Toby says that being a student, a parent, and having a life outside of graduate school are all possible because Augsburg meets the needs of adult learners. “The flexibility in the program allows me to go to school without making sacrifices in either area.”
He has been particularly impressed by his professors’ responsiveness and with the teaching experience they bring to the classroom. “The level of respect that faculty have for the students and the personal touch they provide makes Augsburg a special place.” All Augsburg faculty have K-12 teaching experience, and many have also taught abroad.
For Toby, getting a graduate degree means a career change, but it is much more. “I’m doing this to make a change for the better,” he says. “I have a strong sense that my choice was a good one.”
Maren Miller ’07 MAE
I came for a degree. I gained a greater perspective on education.
After completing her bachelor’s in studio art, studying abroad, and working with as a teacher with an Americorps program, Maren decided to get a master’s degree in education. “I wanted to work and go to school at the same time, but I also wanted to be a part of a community.”
While at Augsburg, Maren did classroom observations at the Seward Montessori school and at other rural and suburban locations. She also traveled to Namibia with a group of teachers to study the education system and social service agencies. Discussing each of these experiences with students and professors helped her learn about the many facets of being an educator and gave her confidence in her ability to be a successful teacher.
Today Maren teaches at an international school in Norway.