Tyler Horkey ’20

Prepared for Leadership

Through his Master of Education program, Tyler became a leader in his district. In his roles as teacher and instructional coach, he’s using the skills and knowledge that he’s gained to help his entire district grow and improve.

How would you describe your Northwestern experience? 

To be honest, it was exactly what I expected. I heard great things about Northwestern College and the master’s program didn’t disappoint.  The professors, advisors, to the office staff in the registrar, were all so helpful.  As I look back, I am happy I chose Northwestern College because of everything they have done and their willingness to go out of their way for the students. 


How have you grown throughout your Northwestern experience? 

I have become a leader in my district and school because of the classes I have taken. Every class had a direct impact on my teaching or the position I hold as an instructional coach. So many things I researched, learned from peers, or studied were applicable in every area of my job. I believe that these classes helped me communicate better with parents, students, educators, and administrators in a professional manner, strengthening our relationship and creating a better work environment.


What impact has your Northwestern program had on your career?

The impact that this education has had on my career is everlasting. For me, going back and getting my master's was the best decision in my career so far. The person I became during my classes and the person I am now is because of the classes I took at Northwestern. I feel prepared for the next chapter of my life in education because of the master of education program. Going forward, I am going to take the skills and knowledge I have learned and apply them to my district to help us grow and improve.


What advice might you give someone considering a Master's of Education degree at Northwestern?

Don’t wait!  The best advice I ever received was to not wait to get your masters when you’re teaching – because you probably will never do it.  Other advice would be to not fear school “again.” If you have been out of school for two years or ten, the program is worth the process of getting used to writing a paper and doing research again. The professors are understanding and helpful and will help you through the learning curves. The pros of going back outweigh the cons; in the long run, you’ll realize that – have faith in yourself!