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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Mission Accomplished Through Support

  • It has been said that “it takes a village to raise a child.” This thought can be expanded to say that it takes a lot of support to get something big done. Such is the case with Marceline R-5 Superintendent Gabe Edgar earning his Doctor of Education degree from William Woods University.
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  • It has been said that “it takes a village to raise a child.”  This thought can be expanded  to say that it takes a lot of support to get something big done.  Such is the case with Marceline R-5 Superintendent Gabe Edgar earning his Doctor of Education degree from William Woods University.
    “I have been working on my Doctoral degree for a while,” said Dr. Edgar.  “I started in June of 2011 with my first class, and I took classes for 18 months.  My dissertation took about a year. I finished it up around the end of July, but I didn’t make it in time for the August graduation date.  My official graduation date is December of 2013.”
    The process of earning this degree was a long one.  But Dr. Edgar made it through with the support of his family.
    “I’m pretty blessed to have the family and support I have to get this project done,” said Dr. Edgar.  “They understand what I was going through.  I traveled to Columbia every Thursday night, leaving at 3:30 p.m. and not getting home until 10:30-11 p.m. at night.  My degree is through William Woods University, but I went to their location in Columbia, off of the AC exit.”
    Dr. Edgar continued:  “I want to thank my wife and kids, because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have been able to do this.  The timing wasn’t the best, but it was a lot better now that Andrew is in high school, Maycee is in Middle School, and Kennedi is moving up.  I had to miss some of my kids’ games, but they understood.  My goal was to finish my Doctorate by the time I was 40, and the work was done in time.  But my birthday was December 4, and my graduation date was the Sunday after that.”
    Dr. Edgar also had the support of the Marceline R-5 Board of Education, all of whom are still currently on the Board since he began this life journey.
    “I want to thank my Board of Education,” said Dr. Edgar.  “Without them, and the Professional Development Title dollars they approved to assist me throughout the process, I wouldn’t have been able to do this.  This wasn’t an easy, or cheap, process to undertake.  They stood by me during contract negotiations, and those types of things, and felt it would be beneficial to them.  It was a team effort to get this accomplished.”
    For Dr. Edgar, being in the education profession, furthering his degree to its highest level, was a learning process.
    Page 2 of 2 - “A lot of this process was good professional development for my job,” said Dr. Edgar. “It was a learning process for me as I went along.  But it helped me understand what the process needed to be as we made the transition to add a preschool in the District.”
    Dr. Edgar continued:  “I think it is a good thing to further your education, but you have to be pretty motivated to get it done.  There were 17 of us in Columbia and 20 in Blue Springs in the program. There were only 10 who have finished their dissertation. Some may never finish theirs, and others may take five years.  It’s a rewarding experience to finish this degree.”
    But it is the setting of attainable goals that Dr. Edgar attributes to accomplishing this feat.  
    “You set goals in life,” began Dr. Edgar.  “The football team sets goals, the wrestling team sets goals, and when they meet those goals, they feel satisfied.  Whether the goal is to run six miles, or whatever you choose, you have to set goals to achieve.  I think it is also a good example for the students and staff.  I think it creates a better learning environment. I appreciate the things the staff does, and I think they appreciate the things I do as well.”
    Dr. Edgar continued: “Amongst your colleagues, it is a refresher to have continued, and now to have completed, my education.”

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