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Alumni: Where are they now?
Department of Educational Specialties spotlights past students
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. In the school’s first year, it had a 100% pass rate for every student who took the practical welding exam and the City of Los Angeles written exam.
Robert completed his CTE MED in 2017. Since then, he’s taught CTE courses at Temescal Canyon High School for 20 years, where he started the Titan Engineering and Technology Academy. In the academy, students can earn college credits and professional certifications, and participate in enrichment projects and trips. It has been recognized by the Haas Technical Education Network as an outstanding CTE instruction. In 2018, Robert was named Teacher of the Year for his work on the 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.
Completing his CTE MED (graduating 2019) allowed Kirk to transition smoothly from his 32-year career as a Law Enforcement Park Ranger at Mojave National Preserve, to being a CTE teacher at River Valley High School. He teaches Fire Science and Public Safety in a two-year CTE program.
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.
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.
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.