STATEMENT OF PURPOSE It is my hope that by studying for a doctoral degree, I will attain a higher level of understanding and expertise to share with a new generation of educators. I want the new educators in the field to be excited with what they do each day, proud of what they do each day, and be raising the bar for their own students. I hope to be able to guide educators to realize that they need to be lifelong learners to infuse the love of learning in their students. In addition, I would like my own level of thinking and methods of inquiry to be raised to a higher bar. By moving ahead in my career development and working toward a doctorate, I look forward to being exposed to new ideas in education as well as recognizing, valuing, and saving that which is good. It is important to me that I not become stale or stagnant in my beliefs and/or knowledge. I want to be a role model to my children, as well as to my employees. There is always more to learn, more to think about, and more to try. Achieving a doctorate is a goal I have had for many years. I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to reach this point in my career, but as with any goal, I continued to work toward it. However, after having a large family, I was afraid that this was a goal that might have to be set aside. I continued to work while raising a family. It became apparent that my children did not resent my working, but rather respected it. They appreciated my feelings about education. By going for this goal, they will see that goals are worth setting, worth working for, and worth waiting for. Things don’t have to happen immediately in life to be worthy of working for them. This is an important life lesson that I am learning now, and that I can help teach my children. Ultimately, this doctorate is for me. However, in the process, I hope to be a role model for my own children, and to help younger educators set a higher purpose for themselves as well.
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