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FINISHING STRONG: 2015 Graduate Paul Sidney

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Degree: M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Graduation: December 2015

“Education isn’t just a job,” says Paul Sidney, who will walk across the stage at commencement on Dec. 12, after completing his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. “It’s a calling.”

With a B.A. in English, Sidney left his home state of Louisiana 10 years ago, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, to settle in Savannah. An English teacher since his arrival, Sidney was honored as the H.V. Jenkins High School 2013 Teacher of the Year and has served as a member of both Jenkins leadership team and the Superintendent’s Professional Senate.

He credits his graduate degree at Armstrong with helping him to excel in the classroom and beyond.

“Pursuing a master’s of education at Armstrong allowed me to examine curricular strategies and evaluate the merits of instruction in order to positively impact and improve student achievement,” he explains. “It is a special type of joy to see students realize concepts, and in challenging them to learn to become successful individuals.”

Sidney has made the most of his education at Armstrong by actively engaging in research and conference opportunities. He recently presented at the Georgia Educational Research Association’s annual conference on learning styles that will better support next-generation students.

“My time at Armstrong has contributed to my success by exposing me to a variety of perspectives in the field of education, both nationally and abroad,” he says. “It has helped me create instructional strategies to meet the needs of the 21st century learner.”

Now that Sidney is finishing strong at Armstrong, his future shines bright on the horizon.

“I never know what challenges each day may bring,” he notes. “But I always rejoice when students conquer those challenges and learn something new. This career is one of the most fulfilling and selfless professions in the world.”

Michael Benjamin, Ph.D.

“My favorite part about being a professor at Armstrong is the opportunity to engage with bright, talented students.”

Michael Benjamin, Ph.D.
Teaching since: 2009