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Getting to Know Tina McNamara

Continuing our series about our faculty and staff, we interviewed Tina McNamara in order to get to know her better. Ms. McNamara is the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Advising & Student Services here at the College of Education.

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Where did you grow up? How long have you lived in Milwaukee?

I grew up in Lewistown, Ohio, population 200! I moved to Milwaukee in the fall of 1989 to attend graduate school here at Marquette and definitely experienced a lot of culture shock during these first few months. Now that I’ve lived here so long, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I met my husband here (he’s from Louisville, Kentucky), and we have two sons, Michael (16) and Stephen (22).

What is your favorite educational experience growing up?

I’ve had lots of great experiences, but probably the most influential experiences for me occurred during second and third grades. I was fortunate enough to have the same fabulous teacher for both years. She really instilled in me a love of learning and especially a love of reading. We have stayed in touch all these years – I always see her whenever I am back in Ohio visiting my family.

So what drew you to Marquette and the COED?

I initially chose MU for graduate school because I wanted to go somewhere that had the resources of a large school but still had a small school feel. Moving to a city was also appealing to me. The opportunity to return to MU after being gone for several years, and particularly to work with Education majors, was just too good to pass up. Teaching and teachers are very important to me. Several of my family members are teachers, and I taught in Alverno College’s Weekend College program for over 20 years. I always felt the work I did as an instructor at Alverno helped inform my work as an advisor here and vice versa.

It sounds like you really enjoy your time here at MU! What do you see as an exciting opportunity for this upcoming academic year?

Every year is exciting! One of the things I enjoy most about my job is seeing how much our students grow and develop during their time here.

What activities to you do when you are outside of the office?

When my boys were younger, I was very involved in activities at their grade school. I was even a Cub Scout leader for 10 years. Currently, I help out at my son’s high school, and I’m pretty involved at my Church. One hobby I particularly enjoy is singing – I have been a member of the Community Chorus for many years. I’m also an avid reader and movie-goer.

I think it’s important to try to find balance and explore a variety of interests. Singing, reading, going to movies, volunteering at school and Church, all help keep me sane!

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My Journey So Far as an #MUEducator

Im-so-excitedBy Amanda Szramiak — Words cannot describe how excited I am to officially be considered a “blogger.” I keep telling people I “blog,” and I feel so hip.

But, since this is my very first blog post,  I thought I’d start by telling you a little bit about myself and my journey so far as a Marquette Educator.

I came to Marquette in the fall of 2011 not knowing exactly what I was going to do with my life. I was not sure of what I should make for breakfast let alone decide my career path. I started off a Communications Studies student.  I thought I would get a variety of knowledge and options from this pretty broad major. I went back and forth my freshman and sophomore year deciding if I should stay in the College of Communications or switch.

One day, I was at my home helping my eleven-year-old sister with her homework. We were doing math, and Cassidy finally “got” the material she was struggling with.

You know those moments in life when you stop and say, “AH-HA!” ??  That was one of those moments for both of us.

When I got back to school, I went to meet with the Undergrad Advisor, Tina McNamara, and I knew I was doing the right thing.

Can I give a shout-out in my blog post? Because if I can Mrs. McNamara definitely deserves one!

In the College of Communications, I never had that relationship with my advisor, and I never really felt quite right. But, once I had that meeting, I felt at home.

Even though changing my major late set me back for graduation, I could not be happier with my career choice. And, with every education course I take, I fall more in love with my major. I look forward to sharing my love for education with all of you!


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