“It was my mother’s dream for me to finish my bachelor’s degree. As a young adult, I had completed my associate’s degree, but I soon turned my attention to my young family. When my children entered their teen years, it became clear that I could return to college through the One-Day program and be a role model for my children.
The One-Day-A-Week Saturday College could easily fit into my schedule of caring for my family and working as a paraprofessional in the local school district. It was during my tenure as a paraprofessional when I realized my calling to work with young children and their families in early intervention. I came to Bay Path knowing where I was going, and faculty and students inspired me along the way.
Within weeks, I knew I was heading in the right direction for my education. Although I had worked in the school system a number of years, Professor Ellen Rustico provided an education in specific protocols and forms, such as the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), which I never came across in the real world during my career in the school system. She motivated me to pursue early intervention.
During my education at Bay Path, I learned more about me and for the first time, I saw myself as more than a mother, a wife, and someone’s daughter—I am an individual. I love the College for what it has given me, and I’m coming back for more!”
- Lisa is currently enrolled in Bay Path’s Master of Science in Education/Special Education.