"I have met (through the online medium) some fantastic people from the faculty who really helped me and wanted to maximize my learning in the M.Ed. program."Kylie Garcelon, USA
Master of Education
What first prompted you to start thinking about a career in Education?
I have been trying to teach people since I was little! However, the positive influence of some of my own high school teachers probably served as catalysts for my career path. I had some exceptional role models.
How did you hear about the University of Tasmania, and what influenced your decision to study here?
I was living and working in Canada at the time as a professor of culinary arts. I researched graduate degree programs extensively. The University of Tasmania had exactly what I was looking for – an opportunity to focus on Global Education. I felt that this would be an important area and would improve my practice.
How has your study helped you in your career?
The Master of Education degree has opened doors for me, especially in my new role as an educator in NYC.
Where are you working now? What does your work involve?
I am currently employed as an assistant professor (tenure track) in the Hospitality Management program at the City University of New York – City College of Technology. I have many responsibilities at CUNY – City Tech. but the most critical and my favourite is teaching students in the associate and baccalaureate degree programs Culinary Arts and Food and Beverage Management
I am also involved with my department as the faculty lead for the 'Cooks in the Market' student club and organize student volunteers for various events in the city such as the Food Film Festival.
Most recently I wrote and directed a short film called 'GLUTENY', a short satire on contemporary food issues and screened it for students in the Food and Wine Club.
What are your plans for the future?
I am hoping to be accepted into the Educational Doctorate program. I am hoping to bring together my love of film and education to make a documentary that will bring a voice to some of the issues I feel strongly about in education.
What are some of the highlights of your time at the University of Tasmania?
Most definitely the faculty! I have met (through the online medium) some fantastic people from the faculty who really helped me and wanted to maximize my learning in the M.Ed. program.
Any advice for future students?
Make the most of every second. Ask lots of questions. Be curious and open minded.