We are happy to highlight one of our amazing preschool teachers, Nikki Tate today and congratulate her on receiving a degree in Early Childhood Education!
“I attended Theoria Technical College located in Carlsbad, California. I commenced with Theoria’s AS program on February 6, 2020 and attended all of my classes remotely. Because I already have a bachelor’s degree, I was able to carry over all of the general education coursework I’d previously done which enabled me to focus on the Early Childhood Education classes needed for the associate degree. I pushed myself very hard, completing all 24 units on July 19, 2020. I completed the program with a 4.0 GPA and have since found out that I am Theoria’s very first associate degree graduate for their Early Childhood Education program (as their AS program was brand new as of January 2020). After graduating with a master’s degree back in 2005, I never thought I’d go back to school, and taking this on (alongside working, raising my own three little ones and then entering a pandemic) was rather daunting and stressful at times. But, in making a career change at this juncture in life, this felt the most appropriate thing to do to assist me with my work with the preschool, and my own children and so I just kept pushing forward. There’s a British saying which is “in for a penny, in for a pound.” That is very much my personality…. I thought to myself why go for just 12 units, when I could go for 24 and walk away with a degree…and so I did.”