Associates in Arts - Northeast Alabama Community College - 1993
Bachelors in Family and Consumer Sciences Education - Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University- 1998
Master's in Curriculum and Instruction - University of Phoenix, Online - 2008
Doctoral in Education Administration- University of Phoenix, Online - Presently pursuing
Hello, my name is Sylvia Coleman. I am from Scottsboro, Alabama. I was the first one in my family to have ever attended and graduated from college. As long as I can remember, education has always been a great enjoyment for me. When I was in elementary school, I would come home and pretend to be a teacher. Having two older siblings, I had the opportunity to face new challenges; the challenges proved to be great experiences. During the summer of my eleventh grade year, I attended a junior college and was able to return after graduating from high school. At Northeast Alabama State Community College, I earned my second certificate: Associates in Arts. My third certificate was in the making for five years. I got my Bachelors in Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences Education at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. After 6 years, I decided to return to school to earn a Master's degree. In the hustle of one morning while sitting at my computer during my planning period; I ran across a University of Phoenix site and entered information. I was not expecting to get a callback so quickly, but as soon as the call ended, I was a student using a new source of technology, online education. Classes began in November of 2006 and ended in March of 2008 with a Master's in Instruction and Curriculum. I am proud of this accomplishment simply because earning the degree made me a much better teacher with skills to use with students, colleagues, and administrators. Although this was a new experience, it proved to be a wonderful experience and an incredible journey. I gave myself a two-month break and now I am continuing my education with an aim at a Doctorate in Administrative Education.
I am a Family and Consumer Sciences Education teacher and acting advisor for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Another enjoyable responsibility includes being on the decoration and reception committee of STAR. This is my seventh year at the school and my twelfth year teaching. I teach 9-12th grade. I have also taught in middle school, grades 6-8. Teaching middle school was an experience that taught about the differences of age and emotional and intellectual development.
The most rewarding part of my life besides my love of family and teaching is my commitment to a higher calling in life. I am a youth minister at my church. I also play the music for the church. I do enjoy life to the best of my ability even with limited hours during the day.
In conclusion, I am looking forward to the exiting school year with our youth. Every year is different with students. They offer innovative ideas and creative skills to make the course, Family and Consumer Sciences, a valuable tool for their future. Scottsboro High School is a wonderful culture of brilliant minds driven to succeed.