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If you’re reading this, you probably fall in to one of two categories: 1) current/prospective teacher or 2) current and forever math geek. Either way, your knowledge, skills and interests are highly sought after in these increasingly techno-savvy times.

When you were sitting in your middle school math class, did you consider a job in programming for gig-economy sites like Uber or Airbnb? Probably not. But math teachers are even more likely to play a role in these unknown future careers, because they’ll likely be tech-based. And what is tech, really but a lot of logical thinking and ones and zeros?

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Brent Phillips is a truly humble and passionate future educator, earning his degree in secondary education through Grand Canyon’s College of Education. Brent has a unique story as a U.S. veteran, and he has used his life and experiences to make a positive impact in the community. Specifically, with his love of astronomy, Brent is using his own self-funded astronomy outreach called VEGA to inspire and teach veterans and students of all ages.

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Jim Mostofo is one of Grand Canyon University’s dedicated and passionate College of Education faculty members who focuses on preparing future high school teachers.

Jim was inspired to pursue teaching after connecting with a few of his own middle school and high school teachers and coaches. In particular, his middle school basketball coach and high school math teacher had a significant impact on him in his younger years and they later became both mentors and friends.

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The College of Education at Grand Canyon University provides a unique community in which students come together to work hard and strive for success in their field. Brandon Juarez is one of many outstanding faculty in this college, providing his students with tools and resources to achieve their goals. We asked Juarez a few questions about his experience teaching at GCU, how the community has shaped him and how he hopes it shapes his students:

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Dr. Kimberly LaPrade is the dean of the College of Education. She earned her PhD in educational leadership from Capella University in 2008 and is a proud Grand Canyon University alumni who received her MEd in secondary education and BA in English/sociology in 2000 and 1990, respectively. Dr. LaPrade’s research efforts focus on topics related to teacher leadership and aspects of teacher preparation, performance and assessment.

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By Kellianne Holland
Early Childhood Education Major, College of Education

When I made the decision to apply to Grand Canyon University, I was questioning what my purpose was. I was looking to find my passion and what I was meant to do in life. I wanted to go to a college that offered the resources I needed as a college student with a learning disability, so I could succeed in the same ways that other students were succeeding.

That’s when it hit me. I wanted to become a teacher! I wanted to start my journey as an early childhood educator. So, I enrolled at Grand Canyon University and I’m now on my way to fulfilling my purpose! Here are the reasons why I chose GCU for my early childhood education degree:

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