"The master of technology program perfectly complimented the master's of education program courses," said Markey. "These two programs presented rigorous disciplinary and pedagogical preparation necessary to successfully enter any secondary education program."
Markey noted that Dr. Charles Feldhaus, Chair of Technical Leadership and Communication and Professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision; and Dr. David Nickolich provided her with a wealth of support in completing the required coursework and intensive field-based residency requirements.
According to Markey, the flexibility and efficiency of her IUPUI experience suited her needs as a “career changer.” "As a wife, mother of three and a full-time student completing a full-time residency, time was never a luxury," she said. "Flexible and convenient course offerings were instrumental in my successful completion. I would definitely recommend this program to others."
She also indicated that her work and undergraduate degree in industrial engineering gave her a strong professional and personal engineering experiences from which to draw upon in the classroom.
"Academically, I remember sitting in Purdue's freshman engineering classes like it was yesterday," she said. "I remember feeling ill-prepared and scared to fail. Those memories shape my lesson plans, instructional approach, and growth mindset."
For those in the workforce and contemplating a career change, Markey said, "If the opportunity presents itself, take the plunge. It may seem like a daunting task. However, I am proof that it is worthwhile in order to fulfill life’s purpose."