Master's Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education

In 2012, I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I took that degree to Qatar, where I worked as a 3rd grade teacher for two years. While teaching, I realized I have a stronger interest in developing children's media for use in the classroom and at home. I saw how much more engaged my students were when I was able to tie our lessons to technology, be it through turning their writing into digital books with "Storybird", competing in arithmetic challenges with "Mathletics", or simply discussing how to be a good friend after seeing "Arthur". Introducing my kids to these technologies and seeing how quickly they caught on and how enthusiasticly they engaged with each of them really inspired me to look into a career where I could be someone creating and developing these types of interactions. This inspiration sparked my search for graduate programs that would focus on educational technology or media for children. This is where Harvard comes in.

I came across Harvard's Technology, Innovation, and Education program during my search and quickly felt like this was my #1 choice! At the same time, I felt like it was a long shot to apply to HARVARD. With Harvard's connections to prominent children's media companies like Sesame Street, I knew this was where I had to be. I went to sleep every night wishing and praying that they would let me in! :)

One morning while I was still living in Qatar, I woke up to an email letting me know that they had made a decision and I needed to log in to my account to see my fate. It was quite hard to make myself sign in because I knew I would be devastated if I didn't get in... but, (as you can see) I GOT IN!!!! I fell to the floor and cried I was so happy and proud that I had been accepted to this school. This was definitely a great day for me!

I made the move from Doha, Qatar to Boston, Massachusetts in Summer 2014 and spent the year really trying to hone in on where I want my career to go and building the necessary skills to make such a career change.

Below you'll find a gallery of memories from my year at Harvard and the steps I took to advance my career. Enjoy! (Hover over each image for descriptions)