The IDEAL program offered through the University of Bridgpeport helped me to realize my goal to become a teacher.
After being a substitute teacher for five years and a paraprofessional for two years I saw the IDEAL advertisement and what it had to offer and I decided that I could be a teacher myself.
After attending the IDEAL program and graduating in 2009 I reflected on the program. The faculty were most positive about helping the students successfully complete the course work. The bonds that are formed as a result of being part of the IDEAL program are lasting ones. Some of my classmates and I still get together every few months to catch up on how life is going.
My advice to you if you are thinking of enrolling into the IDEAL program: "You can do it. It will change your life."