Here is a testimonial.
I'm writing to say something nice about Dr. Lina Parra.
I am a busy teacher and I never thought I would ever have time to get an Ed.D., especially when I heard that a lot of the work is online, even registration. I am blissfully living with ADHD -- it's a delightful condition, where the here and now is what matters, especially when I'm doing something that I love to do (working with teenagers, making websites, meeting with teachers to collaborate on visual and active techniques). I feared that I would not be able to follow directions well enough to work in the online environment efficiently (when presented with a do-it-yourself set of shelves from IKEA, I ignore the instructions and try to put it together myself). Written instructions are anathema and there are aspects of step-by-step sequential processes that dive me nuts -- how can we do this more quickly and effectively so I can get back to my projects?" -- my wife thinks I should learn to be more sequential (a reference to the Gregorc system of concrete abstract sequential and random processing types -- great site at:
www.floatingneutrinos.com/Message/.../links_on_abstractrandom.ht... - CachedMay 30, 2006 – More Info on Abstract/Random/Concrete/Sequential, Links, & some very helpful TABLES. We first came across the information about this ...
My nightmare came true when I missed the deadline to get registered for Fall term 2011 -- I had to drive to Miami (Fischler bldg) and meet with a counselor. It was all rush rush rush ... and I was coming with a directive from my dissertation chair: "You need to start focusing on the ITDE core classes."
Well, I was surprised with the $10,000 fee this coming term (when I had paid under $6000 in past terms) and I was sunk when I saw the 5 credits for the Dissertation process. I was confused, because I thought that paying for Dissertation services meant I had to do something with the concept paper or whatever.... So I glumly accepted the situation that I had to take just Leadership simulation and the dissertation (11 credits).
When I told Dr. Simonson of the situation, he suggested that I contact Dr. Lina Parra... and she walked me through (1) the dissertation is paid now and used later, so my current term does not need my time, so I can sign up for an ITDE class... and (2) she helped me on the phone for 5 minutes with registration for another ITDE course -- online, patiently waiting for me to find the last seat available in EDD 8008.
Dr. Parra is a keeper. Don't promote her. Keep her in contact with students. Too many schools promote the good advisors and teachers. I look forward to contacting her whenever I have an ADHD moment and I can't figure out the online environment.