John Reynolds
Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

Distance education helped him
earn his degree

While teaching high school English, Dr. John Robert Reynolds desired to further his own education by exploring how the Great Books tradition might enhance contemporary educational practices. Harrison Middleton University's Doctor of Education program provided a supportive learning community for his inquiries through its excellent readings, discussions, and writing-based coursework.

Dr. Reynolds graduated with a Master of Arts and with a Doctor of Education degree. He completed extensive readings, conversations, and coursework that explored the development of educational themes through the Great Books and Great Conversation traditions. His capstone, titled "Better Conversations about Effective Education with High School Students," explores ways to integrate classical, traditional, and contemporary educational conversational resources in order to enhance student learning and educator effectiveness.

Since graduating, Dr. Reynolds continues to pursue better conversations with his fellow educators, students, and community members. He has served as a facilitator for the English Language Arts collaboration session in his regional educational consortium. Recently, he teamed up with a local business manager to present high school seniors with an interactive discussion about "Liberal Arts Skills and the Art of Motor Shop Maintenance." As his school's English Department Chair, he serves on several local educational committees. In service to his students, Dr. Reynolds continues to explore and apply themes from his capstone with special attention to coaching educational experiences that integrate social and emotional intelligence development, character education, civics, communication skills, and literary studies.

"My work with Harrison Middleton University has been and continues to be extremely helpful. Harrison Middleton University's balance of form and flexibility empowers a teacher to grow personally and professionally without having to leave one's community. The degree program has equipped me to serve my students, my fellow educators, and my community."