Ever since she was a little girl, Amanda Cossman had wanted to be a teacher. Cossman has been fulfilling her childhood wish by teaching at Seven Generations Charter School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, since it was founded in 2009.
“This fall I was given the opportunity to join the leadership team, which would require me to complete my Master’s in Educational Administration,” Cossman said.
That is what led her to enroll at The University of Scranton, and to apply for the Bisk Foundation Teacher Education Scholarship, which will provide her with a 25% tuition discount through graduation.
“As my school does not have the funding for tuition reimbursement, I was beyond thrilled that I received this scholarship!” she said. “It really is helping me make my dream a reality!”
In her current position, Cossman works about 12 hours a day. She was excited to choose the 100% online MS in Educational Administration program because of the flexibility; she can focus on school and still be able to meet the needs of her full-time job and family.
The University of Scranton stood out to Cossman because of its reputation. Among other accolades, Scranton has been ranked among the top 10 Best Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report for more than 20 consecutive years.
“Scranton University also received rave reviews from previous students who enjoyed the friendly professionals, flexible schedule and interesting courses,” Cossman said. It also had an affordable per credit tuition rate with several scholarship opportunities available to students.
Other online students gave her words of wisdom, including “Take one course at a time” and “Do not rush to get to the next task.” They encouraged Cossman to focus on and enjoy the course she is currently taking in order to get the most out of her teachers and peers.
Cossman’s favorite part about teaching is “helping students find greatness within themselves.”
“I love challenging my students and surprising them with their own abilities,” she said.
She is constantly focused on making sure her students have the knowledge and tools they need to succeed. Each year she strives for a “student-centered classroom.”
But, of course, every day can’t be a perfect one. On those bad days, Cossman turns to her fellow teachers.
“Having a team mentality has helped me when I struggle with a student or parent,” she said. “I am constantly getting ideas from my colleagues, and it is wonderful to know that I can get through challenging times because I have a team that wants me to succeed.”
Cossman began her graduate classes in January 2016 and hopes to graduate in summer 2017.
“I am very happy with my choice to join Scranton University’s online program,” she said. “The Bisk Scholarship is really helping me achieve this degree.”