Monique Lynch

Monique Lynch

Program Director


Walden University

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Finances were tight. I always wanted to pursue advanced degrees, but it is tough on a teacher's salary.
Eventually, I was able to pull together low-interest loans, personal savings, and doctoral fellowships to fund my graduate studies.
My husband and I both have strong professional careers and it is sometimes tough to pursue your career goals without disrupting your spouse's career path.
I took a professorship that meant living in a city three hours away on Monday-Thursday and coming home on the weekends.
For a few years, that was workable and allowed me to gain some experience I needed to move forward in my career path.
My husband and I struggled to have a family, and when we finally adopted our son, I wanted to have flexibility to be highly involved in his life without giving up my well-established career.
I was lucky to connect with Walden University just as my son was starting school. Working online gives me the flexibility to be very involved and it gives me access to a current classroom.
This is important to my work with teachers pursuing their MSED degrees because it has been a few years now since I was teaching K-12 students myself.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
Temple High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Education/Secondary Mathematics
University of Northern Colorado
graduate
Graduate
Educational/Instructional Technology
University of Colorado at Denver
doctorate
Doctorate
Ph.D. in Education/Mathematics Education & Instructional Technology
George Mason University
certification
Certification/License
Certified Association Executive (CAE)
The American Society of Association Executives
Career

Career

Program Director

I direct the core courses and STEM-related specialization for the M.S. in Education program.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Technology
Technology
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

As a Program Director for the M.S. in Education program, my day is a mix of being online and being present with my family. Since the students and instructors I work with are mostly teachers, I need to be available at least some of the time during evenings and weekends when they are doing their work. I also have typical faculty responsibilities attending committee meetings, managing faculty performance, making improvements to courses, and more. It is a full job, but thankfully is very flexible.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Even though I work online, "people skills" are critical. My students are teachers who are managing very busy lives and squeezing in time to pursue a graduate degree. Empathy, compassion, and understanding must be balanced with upholding academic rigor and strong expectations that are required for advanced degrees. Excellent listening skills and intentional communication are critical in my role.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

I relied on others to guide me. Sometimes that took the form of a formal mentor such as the one I had as a first-year teacher. Other times, people who never knew they were mentoring me made the greatest difference. I found that I made better decisions by valuing the information and insights I gained from other people in my field. My own research and reading were essential, but, in the education field, there are many ideas that are best learned through experience with others.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Education/Secondary Mathematics
graduate
Graduate
Educational/Instructional Technology
doctorate
Doctorate
Ph.D. in Education/Mathematics Education & Instructional Technology
certification
Certification/License
Certified Association Executive (CAE)
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Teaching is really difficult and the pay is awful."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial