Hometown: New Fairfield, Conn.
Major: Mathematics education
WCSU Degree: Master of Arts in Teaching-Mathematics
After a 32-year career at IBM, William Tripp was ready to embark on "part two" of his work life. The married father of three, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master's in Business Administration, both from the University of Minnesota, didn't have to look far from his New Fairfield home when considering where to make his first move. "WCSU was conveniently located, but more importantly offered a unique graduate program — the Master of Arts in Teaching — that is for career changers like myself," Tripp says. "It was a perfect fit."
Tripp says he's always had the passion to be a mathematics teacher at the secondary level. "With my retirement from IBM, I am able to pursue this passion in the MAT program," he says.
Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Bonnie Rabe was one of the many faculty members Tripp encountered who had an impact on his studies. "She has acted as a mentor to me throughout my graduate program," he says.
Asked what he will remember most about his Western experience, Tripp says, "Quite frankly it is the great friendships I have made with my fellow MAT students. We all come from different backgrounds and are at different times in our lives. We have worked closely together during the graduate program and have supported each other. I am sure these friendships will continue long after graduation."
After graduation, Tripp hopes to become a secondary mathematics teacher in a local middle or high school.
Tripp’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Have fun but don't ever forget the real reason you are at WCSU, which is to learn. Having the perspective of age, there is something special about taking classes because you want to learn not just because you need credits to graduate. Learning for learning's sake is a great objective by itself."