Graduation Spotlight: Annette Aron, Ed.D.

Union Institute & University’s National Commencement is October 12, 2013 in Cincinnati. To celebrate, we are highlighting a few of the upcoming doctoral graduates. Each participant was asked to write a response, in their own words, to the question “How has your Union experience changed your life?”

What began as an interest in obtaining a doctorate degree became a full endeavor for me as I returned to graduate school in my mid-50’s to earn my Ed.D. with a specialization in Educational Leadership (Pre K-12). I wanted to be part of a program and school community that was committed to the academic scholarship of students while offering them an opportunity to shape their lives as practitioners. I came away with so much more. I completed my Ed.D degree, I am graduating with a 4.0 average, and I researched and wrote my dissertation The Attrition of African American and Hispanic Students in Advanced Placement: Implications for Retention.

Early in my experiences, I recognized that the complex ideas and issues of social justice would become a common thread in everything I learned. I became part of a community of learners that modeled and practiced the principles of justice. The study of compelling topics, research, writings, internships, dialogue with cohort learners and faculty, reflective practice, technological innovations, dissertation, and a host of other learning experiences helped to shape my experiences as an authentic school leader. My enriched and unique experiences at Union Institute & University taught me the relevance of understanding self and my role as a change agent. I understand that a big factor in creating change comes from taking a leap of faith and having the moral courage to do so. I developed the skills and attributes of an authentic school leader and educator—empowering me to shape school reform, teaching practices, and innovations that are necessary to provide an inclusive education for scholars built upon the principles of equity, fairness, and quality for all children. I am able to visualize a future filled with new possibilities that unite us in the preservation of the world we live in.

Dr. Annette Aron has more than 35 years of experience in the field of education, including serving as a school administrator for the Austin Independent School District in Texas. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in education from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas. She later earned an M.B.A. from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos before pursing her Doctor of Education at Union Institute & University.

Dr. Aron is an active member of several organizations including the Pi Omega Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority in Round Rock, Texas; Phi Delta Kappa, Chapter 12 of Austin, Texas; Austin Area Alliance of Black School Educators; Association of Secondary School Principals; National Black MBA Association; and the Jarvis Christian College Alumni Association.