Stephanie Massey has always enjoyed serving others. She’s worked as a city commissioner, volunteer peace officer, and volunteer teacher—positions that helped her to realize that there is always time in a person's busy schedule to serve the community.
She is currently a semi-retired, self-employed author and publisher. “I have completed my first children's book and I'm in the process of publishing it. I have begun writing several other books that I plan to publish sometime in the future,” she says. Stephanie adds that she’s following her dream of writing and publishing books—a dream she dedicates to her mother's strength, determination, and compassion.
Stephanie, who in 2014 earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, Online Programs, says that she used her life experiences to accentuate her educational experiences. “I had the ability to tie real life situations to [my courses]. Drawing knowledge from my life and applying it to the course material increased my knowledge and understanding of the subject being taught. After completing my Doctoral degree, I was able to assist other Doctoral students attending online universities which afforded them a more positive online experience.”
Stephanie discovered Argosy University, Online Programs while reading the Illinois Education Association magazine. “I examined the different programs and decided to give the university a call and the rest is history.”
When she began her online studies, Stephanie did not know what to expect. “I had no idea that online studying would be so challenging. However with the support of my counselor, the intelligent facilitators, and fellow colleagues, I graduated with my Doctorate. It gave me a whole new meaning to the words ‘it takes a village.’” She’s proud and excited to be a graduate. “Attending Argosy University, Online [Programs] was one of the wisest steps I have taken in life. I am humbled from my experience at [the school].”
Stephanie’s professional highlights include receiving awards of distinction for being appointed a Public Access Commissioner and Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Officer and for being a volunteer teacher in the Literacy Department at Prairie State College. She published a professional journal and is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars—earning the African American Staff Caucus Scholarship Award. “The highest point of my life has been having the opportunity to service children and adults. All of these experiences have been most rewarding for me.”
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