How a Former Circus Clown Earned Her Teaching Degree Online: A WGU Student Story

http://www.wgu.edu/teaching – Valerie Velez-Hall, of Taylorsville, Utah, earned her B.A. in Special Education from Western Governors University’s online Teachers College. The first person in her family to earn a college degree, Valerie took an unorthodox path to higher education. After high school in her native New Jersey, she received a full scholarship to Rutgers University but opted instead to accept an invitation to travel with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a clown. Today, she works at an accelerated learning charter school, but has aspirations for a career in education to include administration positions like principal and superintendent. Her next step toward that goal: retuning to WGU to pursue her master’s degree in teaching.

Valerie shared her story as a graduate speaker at WGU’s commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City on July 14, 2012.

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