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Nicole Boyer

How a detour helped Nicole say yes to teaching

"When I went to college, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but I wasn’t sure how to get there. That’s why, as an undergraduate, I chose to study something I loved: art. And once I finished my art history degree, I had decisions to make: would I pursue education, like I had initially planned, or pursue something like museum studies instead?

To help myself decide, I took a detour, working for two summers as a camp counselor at a girls’ sleepaway camp in Maine. By the second summer, the experience I was having helped me decide what I was going to do. I was doing art and teaching at camp, and realized that yes, education was the path I wanted to take. I started looking for programs soon after and found out about Regis University through a friend in the doctorate program for physical therapy; they would talk about it all the time. I did a little research, and once I knew more, I was hooked. I didn’t apply anywhere else. It was the perfect fit."

Nicole Boyer tells the story of how taking detours through what makes her happy helped her prepare for a career in education. Hers is the story of an art history degree, a detour at a sleepaway camp and a recommendation from a friend studying physical therapy. You know — the totally straightforward and unadventurous path one takes to reach a master’s degree. All kidding aside, Nicole always had the goal of becoming a teacher, and while her path may seem roundabout to some, it’s smart, and it fits with our key Jesuit Catholic value of cura personalis; that is, caring for the whole person. Nicole chose a path to her career filled with joy.

Nicole Boyer

Cultivating a community she still loves

"Regis University’s B.A. in Elementary Education felt personalized from the start. I interviewed with Dr. Igel (Program Coordinator of Elementary Teacher Licensure at Regis) during the application process; knowing at the time that he would be one of my instructors felt cool. I looked forward to getting to know both my classmates and instructors, and I did get to know them. I still love the community we built together, and I feel like Regis does as well."

Nicole Boyer

Bringing joy to students by caring for the whole person

"As for the program itself, it was an eye-opening experience for me. Studying at a Jesuit Catholic university focused on cura personalis — Latin for "care of the entire person" — helped me form my own teaching philosophy. I believe strongly in caring for the whole person, and being at a school that does as well makes the impact of that ideal apparent every day. It shone through in the classes, and in how the faculty worked with students, and it demonstrated daily the impact that philosophy can have on students."

How Regis made Nicole’s passion possible

"The practical aspects of the program made it easy to earn my degree, too. I worked full-time as a preschool teacher, and Regis made it possible to take evening classes if needed, or even weekend sessions if that was my preference. With student teaching opportunities at accredited institutions for grades K-6 and more than 100 local partner schools for student teacher placement, I had so many tools at my disposal to become an expert and prepare for the workforce."

The joy of learning is for everyone

"Regis also instilled in me an understanding of the importance of equity and inclusion. They taught how important love and equity are to being a teacher—that being a teacher is so much more than developing and executing a curriculum. Because of Regis, I believe that love is the foundation of the classroom. As long as a student leaves my classroom having felt loved, no matter where I teach, I’ll have done my job."

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