Alumni: Where are they now?
Department of Educational Specialties spotlights past students
Delia attended the BSED CTE program at NAU and graduated in 2018. She worked as an assistant director of a preschool academy during the same year. In 2018 she was recommended by Professor Hampton to apply for a merit tuition-based program at NAU which paid for her accelerated master’s degree in CTE, with emphasis on education and training. In 2019 she graduated as an honor student, and immediately after, she started her journey as a high school English educator for high-risk communities and ELL students at Ombudsman Educational Services.
During the school year of 2019-2021, she earned recognition as a Microsoft Innovative Educator. In the following school year, she was recognized by Chancelight Education and Ombudsman Educational Services as employee of the year on Innovation in Education for her commitment to providing Ombudsman students with innovative learning opportunities that encourage students’ creativity and critical thinking. During the year of 2021-2022, she was recognized by Microsoft Education with an international credential as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. Delia is now working at a Microsoft Showcase School through Ombudsman Educational Services, and during the weekends she volunteers at a middle age learning program that assists immigrants. She has also collaborated with deputies from the Union Congress in Mexico as a voice representative of the International Student Organization for the Sonora Arizona Program in her hometown, advocating for students and educators from Mexico during the pandemic.
Robert has been teaching high school CTE courses for 20 years at Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore, California. Since completing his Masters in Career and Technical Education at NAU in 2017, Robert started the Titan Engineering and Technology Academy at Temescal Canyon High School. It is a four-year program that combines math, science, engineering and computer science classes for our students. Students earn college credit while in the program, numerous professional certifications, and participate in enrichment projects and trips related to engineering. The school has been recognized by the Haas Technical Education Network as an outstanding CTE instruction. Thanks to the NAU grant writing course, they secured more than $75,000 dollars’ worth of grant funding from the Gene Haas Foundation. Robert has been invited as a guest speaker at several CTE conferences to share his experiences in CTE, many of which were made possible due to his NAU master’s degree in CTE. In 2018, he was named Teacher of the Year due to his work in developing the engineering academy.
Graduating with his BSED in 2019, James was one of NAU’s 28 Gold Axe recipients, an award recognizing the most and distinguished seniors from each college that year. It represents his outstanding achievements and service to the university and community. He then completed his CTE MED in 2020.
Monica graduated with her CTE MED in 2017, and then began teaching Photography and Visual Communication in NAU’s School of Communication. She also runs a freelance business, Saaty Photography, in which she travels extensively and runs an internship program to give students professional experiences each semester.
Jacqueline completed her BSED in 2015 and her CTE MED in 2016, then later returned to NAU for a second master’s in Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabilities) and a Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support. She is currently a Special Education Co-Teacher in an ELA class, and Case Manager for 20 students.
Paul graduated summa cum laude with his CTE BSED in 2016 and was recognized by the department head, Dr. Michael Roberts, as student of the year in 2016. From there he jumped right into a master’s, which he completed in 2018. He is currently a CTE project facilitator for the Clark County School District.
Erin graduated with her CTE BSED in 2015 and her CTE Graduate Certificate in 2016. She is in her fourth year of teaching High School Sports Medicine at Amphitheater High School, and in that time has expanded her program to a complete four-year pathway.
Dan graduated with our BSED CTE degree in May, 2015 and then completed our accelerated MED CTE degree in May, 2016. After graduation, Dan opened his own private welding school, the Welding Certification Center, where he provides students with a common-sense based curriculum designed for swift gainful employment.