Anne Cardente works at Fisher College. She has partnered with EPS Region 6 to support educators in taking low cost courses at Fisher for the past few years. Anne is leaving for a new position at Northeastern University, and while we will miss her greatly, we wish her luck on her next adventure! We thought this would be a great time for you to learn more about her pathway to working with early educators.
What is your name?
Where do you work and what is your job title?
I work at Fisher College as the Director of the Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies (DAPS) for our Boston campus. This division works with adult learners pursuing their education in the evening and online in 8-week terms.
How long have you been working with early educators?
I have been working with early educators for 7 ½ years, and it has been fulfilling both personally and professionally.
What is the road map that led you to your current position supporting early educators?
I graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Among my extracurricular activities at UVM, I volunteered as a student ambassador and met with prospective students and their families. I was then hired by Fisher College as an Admissions Counselor and in this role I discovered my passion for working with adult learners interested in pursuing courses for MA EEC certification and/or for a degree program. This role evolved into an Associate Director of Admissions position and the opportunity to support early educators across the south shore.
I went on to earn an MBA and with a promotion to Site Coordinator, I continued to work one-on-one with early educators in the Greater Boston area. I was also fortunate to develop partnerships with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and other local ECE organizations. I enjoy working collaboratively with a team of devoted professionals to support early educators in their personal, professional and academic goals. In my current role as Director of Boston DAPS, I create awareness about ECE courses and degree programs, financial aid options, and grant-funded programs. With this awareness and the support of advisors and coaches, early educators are equipped to customize their own road map.
What are you most proud of as an educator (specific memory, educator “super power”, skill, etc.)?
It’s gratifying to receive student updates! I love to hear from those who are pursuing their goals of becoming Teacher, Lead Teacher, and Director certified. And for those who decide on a degree program, commencement is a favorite memory of mine each year. It’s so exciting to see students cross the stage after all of their hard work and dedication.
I am grateful to support educators who are strengthening their teaching skills, thereby enhancing opportunities for our children and youth.
What piece of advice would you give to early educators considering taking a college course?
You can do this! You. Can. Do. This.
Life can be hectic with jobs, family, and other obligations, and adding a college course to your plate can seem like a challenge. Choose to enroll when the time is right for you. If you organize in advance and schedule time for class and homework, share your goals with your family and friends, and communicate with your instructor, you will be on a path to success.