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5 Meaningful Ways to Thank a Teacher

When you look back over your life, you can probably think of several teachers who shaped your experience and helped you grow into the person you are today. From the teacher who helped you understand a difficult concept, to the teacher who made learning fun, to the teacher that went out of their way to help you, there are so many reasons to thank a teacher this Teacher Appreciation Week. Thanking a teacher doesn't have to involve an expensive gift. Sometimes, it's the little things that make...
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Find out how to become a teacher in NH at an Info Session this Spring!

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." This Nelson Mandela quote is widely shared by teachers, often as a poster in their classroom or a quote they share personally on Facebook. When you think about this passage and the impact that you can have by choosing a career as an educator, it's inspiring. It's no wonder that we see so many GSC students drawn to this profession and it's consistently one of our top areas of study! There are many students who have...
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New master's degree! Introducing the MS in School Leadership

We are thrilled to introduce the latest additions to our graduate programs, the Master of Science in Instruction and Leadership and the M.S. in School Leadership offered with either School Librarian Certification or School Principal Certification. At the core of these programs is the belief that strong leadership is essential to transforming our schools. In a 21st-century environment, successful school leadership will largely depend on the vision of principals, excellent instruction in the...
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How to become a teacher in NH - Find out at an Info Session this Fall!

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." This Nelson Mandela quote is widely shared by teachers, often as a poster in their classroom or a quote they share personally on Facebook. When you think about this passage and the impact that you can have by choosing a career as an educator, it's inspiring. It's no wonder that we see so many GSC students drawn to this profession and it's consistently one of our top areas of study! There are many students who have...
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Paula gets her Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Paula Schoonmaker reached many milestones before attending Granite State College: receiving a bachelor’s degree, getting married, and raising her children. As an undergraduate, Paula studied Biology and Chemistry. She always regretted not getting her teaching certification. But like many working adults, she found her calling through hands-on career experience and identifying the things that interested her most about her job. For Paula, it was the teaching aspect of her work in science labs. I...
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Granite State Helps Kayt Pursue Her Dream of Becoming a Teacher

In our student community, there are some inspirational students with ambitious goals. Kayt, an aspiring teacher, is one of these individuals. Forced to drop out of high school due to a serious illness, Kayt completed high school independently and began college as an adult student. By the time I was ready to start my degree, I was already in my 20s and it took me a long time to gain the confidence to start college.   I looked at most of the options in New Hampshire. When I saw Granite State...
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Alumni Update: Heather becomes a teacher

We recently had the opportunity to get an update from Heather, a bright and inspiring recent alumna! Please enjoy this guest blog directly from Heather and learn more about what she has been doing since finishing her degree. Heather's starts her journey Carpenter Elementary School in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire is a place I know well. As a young mom who was new to the area, I first visited Carpenter Elementary 17 years ago while holding the sweaty palm of my nervous five-year-old son, Everett. I...
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Interested in becoming a teacher? Learn how one graduate is making a difference in Coos county

Have you ever asked a teacher why they chose a career in education? In their explanation, they’re sure to exude passion for their work. Even if you know that teaching isn’t for you, hearing a teacher’s answer will often have you feeling inspired. Teach.org did a great job at bottling this energy when they put together a blog of their top "7 Reasons Why Becoming a Teacher is Awesome:" Be a leader kids can look up to Give kids the skills they need to compete in a challenging global market Create...
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Reaching her fullest potential: Susan earns her teacher certification

Susan reached a point where she looked around at her life and realized something had to change. She began to examine her life with a more critcal lense.   How satisfied am I? What am I doing to contribute to my growth as a person, my community, and my family? This self-reflection was fueled by Susan's career aspirations. A marketing professional turned stay at home mom, once her kids were grown and comfortable, Susan was eager to find a new sense of purpose. I didn't want to go back into work...
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#TBT Why Our Students Love Granite State College

In 2012, Granite State College celebrated its 40th anniversary on campus and online by asking students to take a moment to share what GSC means to them—to reflect on the people, courses, and experiences that provided inspiration to achieve their goals and build a bright future. It was a compelling (and fun!) way for students to participate. The results were incredible, inspirational, and straight from the heart.  In their own words, read what our students love about GSC:   I was 36 years old...
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