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Educator Dina Sposaro Takes the Lead in Administration

Dina Sposaro, a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership student in Argosy University/Tampa's College of Education and Human Development, made the decision to be an educator during her sophomore year as an international law major. She coached cheerleaders in her spare time and was asked by a parent to visit her daughter's classroom. According to Dina, "My interest in law was over. I just fell in love with the kids."

While earning her bachelor's degree in elementary education, Dina interned at a middle school and was hooked once again, this time by 8th graders. "I cracked a joke and they got it!" Working with middle school curriculum and students, Dina came to the realization that she wanted to follow them on as they made the transition to high school, where she saw an opportunity to make a difference in their lives.

Fast forward to 2006, and you'll find Plant City High School's assistant principal for administration squeezing in time for her doctoral dissertation on support facilitation programs on her way to earning the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership degree from Argosy University, Tampa's College of Education and Human Development.

Dina earned her Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) in Educational Leadership degree from the University of Sarasota, which later became Argosy University, and went on to earn the Education Specialist (EdS) degree from Argosy University, Tampa. She chose the university for its convenience: evening classes, online classes for electives, and proximity to her home. "Juggling the everyday challenges of a job, my personal life, and pursuing the doctorate requires perseverance and convenience," says Dina.

Not only has furthering her education at Argosy University, Tampa been convenient, but more importantly, it has served Dina well in her profession: "One of the best things we did through the master's program that follows through some of my doctoral courses is looking at case studies and learning from my peers their different philosophies about approaches to education. You aren't always going to be on the same page with philosophies - sometimes you have to agree to disagree - but the focus is on the kids. For example, if a student is not being productive, there is a team approach as to how to discipline the student. You have to be supportive and fair and consistent, while being compassionate to the needs of the student and parents."

Dina appreciates the enthusiastic support she receives from Dr. Patty O'Grady, dean of Argosy University, Tampa's College of Education and Human Development. "Whenever I'm ready to throw in the towel, she tells me that's not an option," says Dina. "I've also enjoyed working with other members of the school's staff. Whenever I've needed assistance with scheduling classes or financial aid paperwork, they've been wonderful."