TEMPE, AZ — Thousands graduated from Arizona State University on Monday, including current and future educators of our state.
Among those at the Graduate Commencement Ceremony was Melissa Myers, a teacher at Dunbar Elementary School in Phoenix. Myers says teaching elementary school students doesn't come without a lot of work.
“I don’t necessarily feel like it’s as appreciated," Myers said. "Just because when you’re in the classroom you don’t necessarily receive all the praise and love.”
Myers got her master's degree in educational policy. With that degree, she says she's hoping to alleviate the stress teachers often feel.
“It’ll be more just educating those that are making the policies to know more about what’s happening in the classroom," Myers said. "It's less about moving up in the ranks but more about assisting those that are trying to make the decisions so that they’re well educated."
ASU graduate Nalleli Escalante says she's also looking to eventually leave her classroom job to work in a clinical setting with children who have autism.
"They see the world from a different perspective, and I like helping them out and advocating for them," Escalante said.
Tuesday is the last day graduation ceremonies for the Spring semester will be held.