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Cara Miller: MAT Elementary Education

Cara Miller is originally from Augusta, GA and attended Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. She graduated with a degree in Physical Education from Augusta University in 2005. “I danced growing up, so health and fitness are a huge part of my life.” She is currently in the MAT online program at Augusta University with a focus on Elementary Education. She will graduate in Spring 2022.  

After getting married and having her third child she realized her love for being around elementary children. “I enjoyed growing with my children. During quarantine, my kids were home and I had no choice but to be a teacher. They inspired me! I came to a point in my life where I still wanted to give back and make an impact on a child’s life, so I decided to apply to the MAT program. I decided if I get in, it is meant to be and that is my purpose. I got accepted!”

A fun fact about Cara is that she is a cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons. “It was a lot to take on being a cheerleader, graduate student and mom, but I love it! The flexibility of the program allows me to share my time as a mother, cheerleader, physical instructor, and student.”

After Cara graduates she would like to teach third grade. “I would be happy teaching any grade, but I think by this age students already have concepts established.”

Cara believes the MAT online program offers flexibility and convenience. “If you are looking for flexibility, this is a good fit. One teacher still does zoom face to face. You can do it at your own pace; little by little every day or if you cram in one day you can still meet your deadline. You can stay home and not have to worry about finding a parking space! Students have the convenience of doing everything at home.”

If you have been out of school for while it can be an adjustment getting back into the rhythm of studying. “Get to know your professors and understand what they expect of you. The program is personable technology wise. There is a lot of face to face time. There are also discussion posts, which are helpful because you can have conversations on a forum and learn from your classmates. It helps provide a different perspective.”

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