Collaborative & Impactful - Christen Stokely of Bossier City, LA
How our online MA program allowed Stokely to pursue higher education and advance her career
Christen Stokely is a passionate, highly motivated kindergarten teacher with a wealth of ideas for navigating the always-changing climate of classroom management. She recently completed her Master of Art in Higher Education Administration and plans to use her new education, skills, and ideas as she moves forward to become a school administrator.
Learn more about Stokely and how her LSU degree advanced her career in our Q & A below.
Why did you choose LSU?
LSU offered a fully-online curriculum. With a full time job teaching kindergarten, many school and district responsibilities outside the classroom, two elementary school-aged boys, and a one-year-old of my own, I needed the flexibility of working at home. Attending classes was just not feasible for me.
What qualities has your LSU degree helped you develop or enhance?
Collaboration and impact: Because of my leadership studies, I have learned to collaborate with my fellow teachers and school administrators in a whole new way. I am much more confident in my contributions to discussions and projects. I have learned more than I ever thought I could without actually being in a physical classroom. I am now able to back-up my contributions with research, and not just opinion, so I am noticing that my ideas are having much more impact on the final outcomes.
How are you using your LSU degree?
My ideal job would be acting as a district supervisor in the curriculum department. I have a passion for coming up with new ideas to make teaching easier for the teacher and more fun and challenging for the students.
What is one interesting fact about you?
My favorite time of day is the VERY early morning. I love to wake up around 3 a.m. and get things done. With a classroom full of kindergarteners and three boys of my own, alone time is non-existent. I have to take it where I can!
The LSU School of Education (SOE) offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Research, and Counseling, including two completely online master’s programs. SOE offers a range of professional and academic degree programs that focus on preparing students for careers in education, research, policy formation and implementation, as well as program oversight. The School’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. SOE is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.
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