Kelly Cordeiro Master's in Education, Dual Certification in Special Ed & TESOL

"I recently completed tutoring two Iraqi women - a mother and a daughter - in English. These women were so desperate and this experience so life-changing for them, it confirmed that I had chosen the right path.

"After my third child was born, I knew I needed to change my career. I was a bank examiner, but I started thinking about where I saw myself down the road. I knew I needed a career that gave me the flexibility to care for my children and was also more fulfilling than my previous position.

"Teaching just seemed the most logical choice - and there is such a need for special ed and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers - that I decided to go for my Master's with a dual certification. Molloy is one of the only schools on Long Island that offered the TESOL course I was interested in. After completing the prerequisites online, I started the Master's in education program at Molloy.

"I've gotten so much out of my time at Molloy. The courses were excellent. I just completed my student teaching at Park Avenue Elementary in North Bellmore after teaching ESL at Uniondale High School. It's one thing to write lessons and present them to your peers; it's quite another to present them to students.

"I've also served as a research assistant to Dr. Honigsfeld, which has given me a much broader perspective than I would otherwise have and gave me the opportunity to co-author a paper with her.

"It's been a phenomenal experience. Going back to school can be intimidating, especially after so many years. But Molloy's campus made me feel welcome, safe and at home. If you're like me, you can make it fit your life; it can work."