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Cathy Jo Nelson's Professional Thoughts

Cathy Jo Nelson's Professional Thoughts
In ’91 or so when I was finishing my first Master’s Degree in elementary Education (University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC), I was scrambling for hours that could satisfy the last course requirements. I wound up taking an elementary education math methods course of all things, and driving all the way from the lower part of Orangeburg, SC some 60 miles southwest to Aiken, SC so I could wrap it up in a three week Maymester course and get the degree (and the much coveted step up in pay due to a higher degree.) My goal at the time was to just FINISH. This was pre distance-ed days, and even pre distance-ed via video tape. I know, that is hard to fathom. Every class had to be physically attended.

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