Kelly Ahuna

Kelly Ahuna, Ph.D. Assistant Professor/Program Director for MSED Adolescent and Elementary Education, School of Education 

What is your education and background?

I majored in English and was certified in Secondary Education at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. I then attended the University of Vermont for graduate school to earn my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and worked a few years at Franklin and Marshall College. I earned my Doctorate in Sociology of Education at the University at Buffalo. I worked at UB for 17 years.  While there I was in charge of their Critical Thinking program, called Methods of Inquiry. I came to Medaille in 2010 and currently am an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Program Director of the Masters of Elementary Education and Adolescent Education programs.

Tell us about your typical work day…

A typical day is a “little bit of a lot of things.” Typically, I teach two courses each semester. I am often very busy with scheduling for the graduate programs and I frequently meet with students and alumni about courses and state certifications.

 What is your favorite part of working at Medaille?

Coming from UB, I enjoy the small classes and knowing everyone. Medaille is a whole different world and I appreciate the “team effort” here.

 What are your interests and hobbies?

My hobbies are attending events for my children, Ethan and Emily. Their volleyball games, soccer games and musical concerts keep me busy. I also really enjoy running and being a part of my book club.

 If you could eat dinner with one famous person, who would it be?

Maya Angelou. She has “that voice” and lived an extraordinary life. I would love to hear her stories.

 If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you like to have with you?

My book collection, diet coke and chocolate.

Tell us a success story while working here at Medaille or a favorite Medaille memory…

I feel my most meaningful experiences at Medaille are watching graduate students grow through their program. When a student first begins graduate school, some are very nervous and I enjoy being there through the process of watching all of the pieces come together and then observing them as a student teacher, where they are very confident in front of a classroom.

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