Hillary DeVisser returns to her original dream of teaching

Head and shoulders photograph of Hillary DeVisser, a UIS online student.

A guest post by Hillary DeVisser

I have always wanted to be a teacher. Unfortunately, during my first college experience I discovered that presenting in front of a group completely unnerved me. So I left behind that early goal and switched my major to business management, later earning an MBA.

After a 14-year career with a software company in St. Louis, I felt that old tug on my heart, but what about my family? How could I throw myself back into my education and still meet their needs?

I’m grateful that the UIS online program has allowed me do both as I earn my secondary education license. I hope to teach English, preferably in a middle school or high school in a rural area of southern Illinois.

The UIS courses have been helpful and informative, but the real power at UIS is the faculty. The teaching and English programs are loaded with individuals who truly seem to care about the process of learning and about their content.

I also enjoy a sense of camaraderie with other students from all over the country. I realize, though, that I have morphed into that non-traditional student who always drove me crazy when I was a 19- to 21-year-old student—I’m excited to be in class, I always have my homework done in advance, and even though I try to keep a lid on it, I probably talk more than I should during discussions.

When I started out, I didn’t have the confidence to be a teacher, but with age comes wisdom and the gift of being comfortable in my own skin. I’m overjoyed now to move forward with my original dream of teaching.

This year, I received the Dorothy A. Tracy Teacher Education Scholarship. This scholarship makes all the hours I’ve spent working to do the best job possible much more rewarding. I can’t wait to have my own classroom!