Janine Barboza, Online Educational Leadership MA Program at Montclair State University
– My name is Janine Barboza. I am currently a K12 Math/Science Supervisor for Cedar Grove Schools and in the middle of my transition from a teacher to a supervisor, I was part of the Educational Leadership Program at Montclair State. I completed the program in 2015. I believe that in terms of balancing my personal, my professional goals, family life, I have always been a juggler at heart. So I knew how to take one thing at a time and kind of work with it. I also feel that as a student, I really tried to extract everything that I can from whatever classes I’m in. So I felt like I got a lot out of my classes that fueled me professionally, that gave me a lot of
insight and foundation, and to me that’s beneficial. So it didn’t feel like a struggle to fit the program into my life. It was just another puzzle piece that had always been there and I invited it into my world. In terms of support from the faculty and staff, I feel that a lot of the teachers I worked with, were available outside of their, even outside of their office hours, outside of the school, the class schedule. Just to have one on one conversations about where I wanted to go afterwards. A lot of the professors I spoke to encouraged me to go this way and that way and different directions. I had one professor in particular for multiple classes, that really became a mentor for me during and after the program ended. My expectations were completely met for this program. I had several hybrid classes and actually the hybrid classes surpassed my expectations for what I would get out of them because I didn’t expect the workload for those online courses. If you have a natural inkling that you want to do something like this, it means that something sparked inside you as a student to sit and learn again. To revisit that feeling, that curiosity of, I’m hungry, I wanna
see what’s next for me. I think that you have to listen to your heart and your mind and just move forward, and do it. Taking that step, it’s not luck, it’s when, there’s an expression when preparedness meets opportunity that’s when you have to step through that door and you never really know. You never really know what the universe has in store for you. And if I didn’t take that step and just kind of follow blindly that I was meant to do something more, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today.