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Alumni Spotlight:

Q&A with Andrew Miranda

California School of Education at Alliant International University

Master of Arts in Education in Special Education and Teaching

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Special Education Teacher at River Springs Charter School in Temecula, CA

Q: How did your Alliant experience prepare you for your career path?

A: My Alliant experience was great. I was able to get my credential and master’s degree while being able to work in the field of education. In a short time, I was able to get an intern credential, which allowed me to begin my work as an education specialist while working on my credential. I feel that experience was very valuable in helping me become the teacher I am today. 

Q: What do you enjoy most about your work? 

A: I enjoy being around my students the most. I did not think I would want to work with the early elementary-aged children but I am loving it. It has been great being able to watch them grow and find ways to learn even with having learning disabilities. I enjoy getting to know each student and all their different personalities.  

Q: What inspires you to make a positive difference in the world? 

A: Growing up I had such great teachers who made a huge impact on me. My goal as a teacher is to become someone who can make a difference in a student's life. I want each person to grow as a person and love learning as much as I do. 

Q: Share your advice for current students.

A: My advice to current students is to be a sponge and take in as much information as you can from other students and professors. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you are able to work or volunteer in a school setting, don’t be afraid to ask questions from experienced teachers. There is always something to learn and ways to improve.

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