Passionate educators are the backbone of a strong educational system, but education requires dedication, both to the students and to the education it takes to get ready. Whether students end up as successful doctors, business owners or computer gurus, they start out learning the basics in a nurturing educational environment. Carrie Pash, a cheerfully content third-grade teacher at Steve Cozine Elementary School, is seasoned in the rewards and difficulties of a career in education.
How has your master’s degree helped you get where you are today?
“I would not have my job if I didn’t have my master’s degree. When I got to Las Vegas and began taking some education courses, I realized after some observations that teaching high school was not for me. So I started the Graduate Licensure Program at UNLV, which combined a master’s degree in elementary education with elementary licensure requirements.”
What did you learn while studying for your master’s degree that has helped you in your career?
“The most important thing I learned while studying for my master’s degree was that each child is different, and that is something to celebrate. Children learn best from one another. They can learn academic strategies, and they can also learn acceptance and compassion. What I learned was to teach students how to embrace individual differences, learn from them and use that knowledge to make them better, more understanding citizens.”
Do you have any advice for new students who wish to follow in your career footsteps?
“You don’t get into teaching to make money, for benefits or for vacation time. Teaching is for people who love children and want to make the community a better place to live in. Teaching becomes a big portion of your life and who you are. It is not just a job.”
Heather Bliss is a writer living in Las Vegas. Before she wrote about the Las Vegas area, she wrote articles about news, politics, movies and music in California. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in the Visual and Performing Arts from CSU San Marcos and studied Journalism at Moorpark College, where she received her A.A. degree. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.