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To My Future Colleagues in the Educational Administration Program

downloadBy Oscar Silva

To my future colleagues:

The Educational Administration program in the College of Education and its faculty mean the world to me, so I hope my passion is able to be conveyed through this letter.

When I began looking for a program to get my administrative license, I had a set of expectations that the school had to meet. I needed the courses to be rigorous and relevant, and I needed to work with professors who were dedicated and experts in their field. Marquette met all of my needs and surpassed my expectations. One look at the curriculum, and you will see how relevant the work is towards helping our kids. You can immediately see the difference on paper between this program and others. Once you meet the others in the program, your decision will be solidified. The emphasis on equity and learning about the politics of education promotes the type of thinking to begin the work that is needed in the city. The concepts Dr. Ellwood and her colleagues teach you will seep into your way of thinking. Raw ideas are transformed into methodical plans with each project and research assigned. You are immediately able to put into
practice how they teach you to look at data. Each book and piece of research you will read can be applied to your work. The rigor is balanced with the relevancy of each course. There is not one piece of information or assignment that I was given that was irrelevant to the work I wanted to do in the future.

Let me be clear, the work is not easy. It will take dedication and motivation that is difficult to balance when you are still teaching, but the dividends will be fruitful. You will be working alongside other passionate individuals who have a similar mission. Work with them, confide in them, trust each other and the work becomes easier. The professors have a wealth of information and the resumes to prove their impact in various school districts. You will be learning from the best to become the best.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need more information about the program. I could go on for days, but I wanted to keep it short. Best of luck in your decision-making, and I hope to see you around campus soon!

Sincerely,
Oscar

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Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Oscar Silva

Meet Oscar Silva, one of our outstanding graduate students. We’ve been featuring out students all semester long– catch up with them today! 

KAR_9785My name is Oscar Silva. I am in the Education Policy and Leadership Educational Administration program and should graduate next year with my master and principal’s license. Currently, I am an English teacher at Ronald Reagan High School and a graduate assistant for the Office of Intercultural Engagement.

I was born and raised in this great city right across the bridge. Growing up on the south side we would always see Marquette as an intriguing yet out of reach school, so it’s a bit ironic that I’m here now. My parents moved us to Kenosha in 2001, but I moved back in 2012 because I wanted to teach in an environment in which I felt comfortable. My immediate family is small, only five of us, but my extended family is big, probably over 100! It’s almost impossible to go anywhere in the south side and not see a family member.

My favorite educational experiences all revolve around collaboration. I love working with people who can expand my knowledge or people who can help me chisel away at my thoughts. I traveled a different journey than most, so I know that I still have a lot learn. Meeting the people in my cohort has to be my latest favorite memory. Our program is cranking out some wonderful administrators and educators. I’m looking forward to taking over the school system with them!

This year, I’m looking forward to finishing strong. I love learning and love the academic environment, but I need a break. I’ve been going to school for 24 of my 29 years, and I want to get my Ph.D., but I need a small break so I can continue with vigor. If all goes well I will be a principal somewhere in Milwaukee, but I need to focus on the remaining three classes I have left.

I was drawn to the College of Education because of the rigor of the coursework and Dr. Ellwood. I researched other programs around the city and programs online looking for a curriculum that would challenge me. I wanted not only rigor, but courses that would help me understand the role of a principal and how to juggle the many hats that come with that position. Our unnamed competitors did not have courses I felt would challenge me and/or courses I felt were essential for working in Milwaukee. Online was also never an option. I knew I wanted to go to Marquette when I saw the curriculum. Once I met Dr. Ellwood, the decision was solidified. She has been my guardian angel throughout this entire process. Knowing that I have her support makes me work harder to let her know that the trust she has invested in me is worth it.

In my free time, give me good music, good food, and good company and I’m set. Learning is my hobby. I love to travel to learn, read to learn, laugh to learn, etc. Yet, I do love being in the classroom. As a high school teacher, no one day is like the one before, so I am always experiencing something new. Plus, my students are a riot. After a day teaching, my classes at Marquette can feel like therapy. I am able to discuss in depth the issues that are affecting my students and apply the new knowledge immediately the next day. So the classroom really is my safe haven.

My inspiration stems from my grandparents. I was really close with my paternal grandparents and my grandpa is my greatest inspiration. He brought his family from Mexico with nothing but his work ethic. He would always speak so highly of me to everyone, and I want to prove him right. I want to extend his American dream.

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