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“I remember sitting in Dr. James's office the first week of classes sharing with her my concern regarding if this program was "meant for me." Although many would have assumed I would be sure after moving from New York to attend this master's program, my concerns grew from being one of the youngest in the class and wondering if "I was ready." Having completed this program, I can honestly say that this program was designed for those like myself- individuals who have an inner strength and unsure where to begin. This program teaches you to address your mindset first and foremost. Once within this program, I realized that having those initial thoughts may have been natural at the time, but the change would need to come after identifying and adjusting my mindset as a "leader." The professors within this program really aided me in determining my direction and what talents and skills to tap into and strengthen. The emphasis placed on changing my mindset was one of the things that I believed helped me to transition from "Am I too young? Am I ready?" to "I am ready because I believe I am." After graduation, I interned at the United Nations with the Voices of African Mothers Organization (VAM), an organization that works to establish a peaceful African continent by using the methods of conflict resolution and diplomacy. Currently, I am working in the HR field. THANK YOU JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY!"  
-Alicia K. Patten 2012 ILOD alum
I think the program was amazing. I searched for several years for the right master’s program and couldn't find one that I could balance with my busy elementary teaching schedule and family until I found the ILOD program at JU. The goals for the program aligned with my personal goals and the courses offered were designed in a way that I could still teach full time, have time for my family, and balance course work. I was excited to begin my new adventure.  
The program prepared me for leadership in the field of education in so many ways. It helped me become a better grant writer, presenter, and researcher. The program allowed me the flexibility to explore and research the areas that I was interested in and I was able to immediately apply them to my job. The professors took the time to get to know us as learners and modeled best practices throughout the program. Being part of a cohort provided support throughout the program and an amazing network of professionals. Because of the program at JU, I decided to further my education and work to obtain my doctorate degree. I am currently in the second year of my doctoral program at  Texas A&M. JU prepared me for the rigor of research and academia required to be successful in this program. I am a proud JU ILOD alumni.
-Melissa Ross 2012 ILOD alum
For me, learning about emotional intelligence and having a greater understanding of how to really collaborate and work WITH my colleagues has been a tremendous asset.  I have been able to better articulate my own concerns and opinions in a much more constructive way.   I have a greater confidence in my ability to recognize problem areas in our organization and now feel I am better equipped with the knowledge and tools to creatively problem solve.  Through the completion of this program, I have a different perspective of leadership, organizations and the workplace in general, than I ever have.  I finally recognize that despite your position or title, there is always potential to lead where you are and this program has given me the confidence to embrace that.
-Ginny Garzon 2012 ILOD alum
I researched several Masters in Educational Leadership programs prior to making the decision to attend Jacksonville University. The program curriculum has a very unique design in that it is extremely practical. Each course provided knowledge and experience about being an effective school leader. Furthermore, the courses were taught [in ways that] added additional practical experiences to an already rich curriculum.
-       Chelvert J. Wellington, Assistant Principal, 2012 EL alum
The real- world applications and relevance of the curriculum were and still are of great benefit to me.  Recently, I was in Charlotte on business and during a conversation one of the participants asked if anyone had read, [ a particular book].  I proudly said, “yes, I have."  The resulting conversation concluded with the host for the group purchasing book for the others.  As I have said on numerous occasions, my experience in J.U’s. program was the best formal education experience I have had.”
-Greg Burton, Chief of Support Services, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office 2012 ILOD alum
When I think about my experiences in the Educational Leadership program at JU, the first word that comes to mind is "practicality." For every theory or concept learned, my professors gave us an opportunity to see how it is applied in a real-world setting. Because of my experiences at JU, I feel confident and am well-prepared with the tools needed for efficacious leadership in 21st century schools.
-Emily Kristansen, 2012 EL alum