Pushed to Think at a Deeper Level
Alan Kay , coordinator for mathematics and science, San Bernardino City Unified School District
Through the Ed.D. program, Alan Kay discovers a clearer vision of his role as an administrator.
Transcript of interview:
Alan Kay was immediately excited when he learned about Redlands' decision to offer a doctorate that emphasizes educational justice.
"I got my administrative credential and my master's degree from Redlands. I knew I wanted to return because of the small class sizes and the willingness of the faculty to work closely with students. I also knew this degree would be respected and would help me advance my career."
Kay has been stretched intellectually since starting the program, and says he sees himself becoming more of a scholar-practitioner with each passing day.
"This program has really opened my eyes and given me a clearer vision of my role as an administrator. You look at our society and it seems to be increasingly divided. There are people that are educated and in powerful positions, and there are people who aren't. I know that people have been left behind, but I want to make sure that doesn't continue to happen. Just because one generation of a family is left behind doesn't mean the next generation should have the same fate."
Kay said he entered the nationally unique program expecting to be challenged by his professors, but he has been impressed by how much his classmates have pushed him to think at a deeper level.
"There are a lot of people that have a real passion for students. They are a very dynamic group of people. I'm not sure I've ever seen anything quite like it."
Since starting the program and accepting a new post as coordinator for mathematics and science in the San Bernardino school district, Kay said he has renewed his commitment to making educational services accessible to all people, regardless of their backgrounds.