Yesterday, Precious Goodson, of I Married the War, graduated from Northcentral University with a doctorate in Education of Instructional Design.
At one time, Dr. Goodson was a teacher, a calling she answered from a very young age and followed well into adulthood. Her husband, Leonard, served our country as a combat medic in Desert Storm and Afghanistan. After Leonard was wounded and medically retired, Precious chose to leave her career to become his full-time caregiver. But this did not mean she gave up her passion for lifelong learning and teaching.
Northcentral University provided the ideal opportunity for her. Precious was able to participate in the NCU doctorate program online, allowing her to earn a degree from home on a self-paced schedule. And in her own words:
“Such a great privilege to have conducted a dissertation that explored the usefulness of eLearning for military caregivers and that expanded on findings from the ground breaking RAND study commissioned by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.” (Precious is a Dole Caregiver Fellow Alumnus.)
Yesterday, Precious was chosen to present this research as a poster and was acknowledged as a presenter at the NCU graduation. Her dissertation was among only 17 nominated for NCU’s 2019 Dissertation of the Year from hundreds of completed dissertations.
“Being a part of this graduation celebration was beyond amazing. Having the opportunity to complete this milestone was an amazing achievement, and I was thrilled to have the chance to celebrate today,” she stated.
This is good news for military caregivers everywhere. Her findings will pave the way for more eLearning opportunities, careers, and services for spouses and other family members who care for our nation’s combat veterans.
Thank you, Dr. Goodson, for devoting a portion of your life to sharing what you have learned as the wife of a combat veteran. We are honored to include a part of your story in I Married the War, and look forward to your future accomplishments. Congratulations!
Follow Dr. Goodson’s blog at War Changes Lives: A Military Caregiver’s Journey.
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