Real-life experiences enhanced grad’s path to degree

Sonya Mellerson

For Sonya Mellerson, earning a PhD in special education was more than a typical academic experience. Sonya chose TWU because of the real-life experiences of the professors and the great teacher education program that allows students to complete their graduate degree while working full time.

Special education is a passion for Sonya and she already has been serving special education students for more than 10 years.

She plans to start her own special education assessment and consulting agency.

It wasn’t the easiest path for Carmen Natal Coriano to earn a Master of Healthcare Administration. 

Carmen, who is a mother of four children, received her bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Bayamon Central University in Puerto Rico. She moved to Houston  in 2016 looking for more opportunities and a better education for her children. 

But first off, she had to learn a new language, and then a new culture.

She started work as a registered medical assistant at a Katy Clinic in the Houston area, where she transitioned to a lead medical assistant position before taking on the role as a health center manager at the clinic. 

She chose TWU for her master’s degree at the recommendation of a nursing colleague.

Since starting work in healthcare administration, she realized she wants to help patients while leading and coaching people to help them improve quality of care.

Carmen plans to continue growing professionally and transition to managing multiple clinics using her clinical and her operational knowledge.

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