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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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Lisa Bernier is one of GCU’s finest. This is her fifth year as a full-time faculty member in the College of Education, where she teaches ESL and special education courses for undergraduate students. Lisa has always had a heart for teaching; since her childhood, lining up her stuffed animals and teaching them with leftover worksheets, it has been her passion and desire to be an educator. In fact, Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree at Grand Canyon University in the 1980s in elementary education and has never looked back. She has been a teacher for 32 years now and has loved the opportunity to equip and encourage the next generation of educators here at her alma mater!

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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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While walking around campus, or looking at pictures online, have you ever thought to yourself, “How old is Grand Canyon University? It looks so new!” Our modern suite-style dorms, new classroom buildings and 7,000-seat GCU Arena may be misleading when it comes to the age of our school.

Did you know:

  • Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949
  • GCU’s first campus was located in Prescott, Arizona
  • GCU relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 1951
  • GCU has a rich history of providing high-quality education programs

Continue reading to get a more detailed recap of GCU’s exciting history and the legacy that has followed:

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Jennifer Cavalcant, Linda Hoffman and Erin Endicott, educators at Freedom Academy in Paradise Valley, Ariz., recently shared about their experiences at Grand Canyon University and the College of Education.

Each alumna spoke highly of the College of Education, as well as their individual programs and classes, describing their experiences as “amazing” and “applicable.”

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