Carol Coburn '95, '12
School of Education
After educating for 15 years, Carol Coburn '95, '12 felt she needed to make a bigger impact on kids’ lives, so she returned to the University of Redlands to pursue her masters in educational administration. “I knew I needed to get myself to the next level of learning, I needed to continue on in school. Redlands was my first and only choice. From my past experiences here, I knew the quality of education I would get.”
An administrator in the San Bernardino City Unified School District, Carol is in charge of a reading intervention program designed to bring struggling kids to their grade-appropriate reading level that now serves 44 schools across the county.
“The passion I derive is working with children. They are the future," said Carol, who as a young girl struggled with reading. "You can open the doors and give them more opportunities. I’m not in it for the money. I love working with children and getting them to the point where they can feel confident in their abilities and feel valued.”
Carol aspires to use her master's education to become principal of an elementary school. “I’d have not only a classroom impact, but a whole-school impact. I still have many more years in education, but now I’ve got this whole new world to think about.”
Carol talks to her two daughters, ages 11 and 13, about being the best they can be.
“If we don’t invest in our kids now, we’re not going to have anyone to take care of us when we’re old. That’s how I look at it. You give to get, and make the change one kid at a time.”