In a series of features, we’ll highlight some of Asbury University’s students who are enrolled in “non-traditional” programs — Online, Degree-completion and Graduate. To find out more about these programs, please visit: Asbury University Online, Adult Professional Studies, School of Education Graduate Degrees. Other stories in the series include "Finishing What She Started."
It only takes about one minute of conversation with Bonnie Ogle-Taylor to reveal that she is passionate about education — her own and her students’.
Currently working as a substitute teacher in Lexington, Ky., Ogle-Taylor is also a student in Asbury University’s online graduate program for Learning and Behavior Disorders in the School of Education. And as she works through her classes at Asbury, she’s finding ways to put her education into action to benefit the students in her care.
“Every single class that I have taken here so far I’ve been able to use professionally, even as a substitute teacher,” Ogle-Taylor said. “I’ve learned about research-based strategies to improve students’ reading fluency and comprehension and how to assess those things, take that knowledge and use some of those research-based strategies to help students.
“One of the elementary teachers that I worked with as a substitute was so impressed with what I knew and demonstrated. I had learned from a great instructor at Asbury who not only brought her book knowledge about literacy to the classroom, but her passion and her own experiences in the field to the classroom as well.”
Asbury brings a clinical method to its teacher preparation programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. With an emphasis on assessing student skills, developing cutting-edge strategies to address “needs improvement” areas and evaluating the results, Asbury’s approach combines technical proficiency with a supportive, flexible, liberal arts environment.
Many of the education graduate programs can be combined with undergraduate degrees in different fields. Ogle-Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in Restaurant and Institutional Management from the University of Kentucky, developing a keen interest in how customer service impacts the success of an organization. As an educator, she brings those experiences with her to help students succeed.
“Actively engaging students and creating opportunities for them in the classroom to demonstrate what they know and have learned are important,” she said. “From my own experiences with my three daughters graduating and attending college, I want to see more parent-friendly schools, and I think I can successfully do that. Everything that I have learned and am learning here, I intend to bring to the classroom to help my students excel, achieve, and reach their maximum potential.”
The Learning and Behavior Disorder program is one of several graduate programs in the School of Education. Other options include Principal Licensure and Teacher as Leader, as well as master’s degrees in biology, chemistry, English as a second language, mathematics, reading and writing, social students and Spanish education. For more information about the education graduate programs at Asbury University, please visit the School of Education's Web page.