May 15, 2024

Growing with Google

Allison Ross '24
Millersville University

Allison Ross teaching a lesson to elementary school students.Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions. Teachers are passionate about education and aspire to impact the lives of their students in ways they will never forget. After three years at Millersville University, I am honored to say that I am now one of those lucky people who will get to be a part of developing the minds, skills, and talents of students.

In May I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, and I will begin teaching first grade this fall in Penn Manor School District.

Not only did I graduate from Millersville in three years, but I also had the opportunity to earn a Google Career Certificate in project management in just four-and-a-half months.

Why would a teacher need a certificate in project management, you may ask? The answer is simple. Teachers work in teams on projects all the time—from planning and managing to the project’s implementation. During my time as a student teacher and as a substitute teacher, I saw how this important collaboration contributed to a shared vision and set goals for students. I was immediately able to put what I was learning into practice, and that was helpful for me.

Having this Google Career Certificate—and the added confidence that comes with it—will help me to one day lead a team of my own as I continue to grow in my career.

As a student, I also saw the need for project management pop up in my extracurricular activities.

Allison Ross in the control room of Millersville's MUTV television station. Allison Ross hosts a television broadcast at Millersville's MUTV station.

During my freshman year I became a producer of MUTV, our on-campus TV station. I led a crew of students in the development of weekly shows—everything from script writing to set design. My second year I was chosen to lead the crew as president of the organization. The knowledge I gained from my Google Certificate work helped me in this detail-oriented leadership role. I served as a resident assistant for two years on campus and as the student trustee, both roles that required project management skills daily.

I am looking forward to what lies ahead as I begin my career as a full-time teacher, but I will continue to take more opportunities to learn and grow and encourage others to do the same.

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