There are a lot of people who I would like to thank for giving me the opportunity to earn my Masters in Learning Innovation at Touro University. Yet, I would like to say a special thank you to my family. Without you and your support through this past year I would have never reached so far and so high. This past year, while in the Masters program, has been very rewarding and challenging at the same time. Taking on a Masters program while being a full time teacher, a head coach of a high school football program, a full time father and husband really took a tole on me physically and emotionally. However, with your love and your support, I was able to finish what I started and couldn't be here without you. I learned a lot being a part of this Masters program on how to be a better teacher and how to prepare my students for the 21st century. So thank you to my loving family for your undying love and support.
I would like to say thank you to my great group of peers in the Masters Learning Innovative program at Touro University who are simply called Cohort 15. Who expected a rag tag group of teachers who never met to become so close and support each other like we did throughout this process. Through many ups and downs we were always there for each other. Despite our own lives and our own problems, we always made time for each other and help each other through this Masters program. Just like my family, without you, I would of never made it through this program without your help and support. I would like to say thank you to Cohort 15 for everything you have done for me, and I hope we stay close even after the Master's program is done.
I would like to say thank you to Touro University and to all my teachers who saw me through this program. You inspired me to become a better teacher and reinvigorated me to create new lesson plans that would challenge my students to be prepared for the demands of the 21st century. Going back to school opened my eyes and my mind to new ideas that I quickly had to take it back to my own classroom and teach it to my own students. What I learned in this program and from my cohort on how technology in the classroom can make a powerful impact is priceless.
Where do I go from here? Just like the famous Walt Disney once said, I must "keep moving forward". I will take my research and keep on refining it until I reach my goal of getting more students to show empathy towards their fellow man and to participate more within their communities. I will take my Capstone project and share it with my staff and my district because to make everlasting change it will take a village and not an individual. Just like my Capstone project and the many life lessons I try to teach my students, strength and power are in numbers. This is why in the 2018 midterm election there has been a significant increase in registration of voters because the people recognize to make a change, whether it is good or bad, change comes from the community. "Not in numbers but in unity that our greatest strength lies," said by Thomas Paine