ABINGTON, Pa. — Sue Brown was, by her own admission, feeling down. She had an associate’s degree and logged 15 years as a preschool Montessori teacher, but her career stalled after taking time off to care for her young son.
She turned to her pastor, whose daughter she had taught, for advice.
“My pastor said, ‘You should go back to school. You are an educator,’” Brown said. “He was right, so I started back to school.”
Brown’s prediction for her time at Abington?
“I expected Abington to be just a place I could come to class, earn my degree, and leave,” she said.
Was she ever wrong.
“The thing I love about Abington is it has the benefits of a large university with a wonderful reputation while being a small campus that has flexibility to help a nontraditional student like myself,” Brown said of the close-knit community.
A key reason for Brown’s passion for Abington and the EECE program is Ann Martinelli, associate teaching professor in elementary and early childhood education.
“Ann is a force to be reckoned with. She challenged me from day one and stretched my thinking. She is always professional but always engaged with her students,” Brown said. “Her courses are difficult but life-changing. She will support you, but there’s no excuses to give anything less than 100 percent. She holds you accountable for the content while helping you get there.
“The education program under Ann’s leadership is creating wonderful opportunities for future educators and is truly preparing them for the real world.”