Commitment is a big part of life for Danielle Shanley. She balances work, family and graduate education. In choosing a college for her doctoral degree, she sought something that fit hers, and her employers’ needs.
“I could commit to the CSE doctoral program because it works…I know precisely when I have class and how many years the program will be,” said Shanley. “That’s great for me and my employer – the New Milford Public Schools.” It also is close to home since she lives in Florham Park.
Shanley is not a newcomer to CSE. Her first experience was attending classes at an offsite location in Millburn to earn her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. At the time, she worked in Union, and the location was convenient. “I loved the learning experience and the professors,” she said. “We kept in touch. My master’s experience was a big part of me my coming back for the doctorate. I knew the professors and program would be great.”
Come commencement 2014, Shanley expects to cross the stage and accept her doctorate. It will be a professional and personal accomplishment. “I have two daughters, and I think it’s important to show them that women can pursue fulfilling work while having a family…Professionally, it may not necessarily guarantee a new position, as lend a level of credibility…in some school districts, a doctorate is expected.
The Ed.D. program stresses servant leadership – a concept unfamiliar to Shanley before attending CSE. “Servant leadership is a way of thinking and behaving…a philosophy for leading others by empowering them to grow,” she said. “In reality, the program has served me and the people in it…That’s why I’m here at CSE.”