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Jessica Scott

Ed.D. in K-12 Administration

Education Policy, Planning & Leadership

  • 2021, William & Mary, Doctorate in Education, K-12 Administration
  • 2014, Old Dominion University, Master of Science, Educational Leadership, K-12 Supervision & Administration
  • 2009, Hampton University, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

As a student pursuing a doctorate in the K-12 Administration program, why did you choose this field?
I chose the K-12 Administration program so that I could have a larger impact on the policies and practices that impact our students. As a current math teacher, it is important to me that we help our students strive to be their best even when they do not believe that they can. Many students and parents are not aware of the impact curricular choices made in junior high can have on student access to college and career preparation courses in high school. I am passionate about building a strong sustainable bridge between our community, school system and post-secondary institutions. It is vital that students have equitable access and exposure to college if that is the path they want to pursue.

What do you hope to be doing after graduation? In 10 or 15 years?  
My aspirations vary from serving as an executive leader in a public school system to working with a non-profit organization. I want to create opportunities for our students to use their creative abilities and explore post-secondary options in pursuit of their own goals. 

Why did you choose to apply to William & Mary and specifically to this program?
William & Mary has been on my list of schools since high school. I had a family member who attended, and I enjoyed the campus during my previous visits. Fast forward to present day, the high level of scholarship and camaraderie were significant factors. William & Mary has a rich history and is a renowned institution where the School of Education continues to thrive and produce a standard of excellence while encouraging a diverse body of thought and perspective. The professors and the students I met made a huge impression and were honest about not only the nature of their work, but also the purpose behind it. The Executive Ed.D. program is unique in that it supports students as practitioners and is not cohort-based in name only. It is not about competition but about depth of knowledge and practice. The professors encourage collaboration and out-of-the-box thinking and approaches to solving the real-life problems we encounter during our daily professional experiences. 

What sets this degree program apart from those offered at other colleges? 
This program stands out because of its flexibility - intertwining our roles as educators while maintaining a high level of rigor. The professors’ willingness to see students succeed is a rarity and cultivates a community of leaders. Being able to put into practice what is learned in the classroom provides a special opportunity that few are able to explore. 

What has been the most influential experience you've had so far in your program?   
I have enjoyed going to class and working with my classmates. It is fun to deliberate and challenge one’s thinking in order to better serve our students. I have also enjoyed my time as a Holmes Scholar and attending the AACTE conference. 

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