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Dorn principal earns doctorate

Dorn Elementary School Principal Eileen McCaffrey has earned doctorate educational leadership.

Dorn Elementary School Principal Eileen McCaffrey has earned a doctorate in educational leadership.

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Updated: April 4, 2013 6:07AM



Dorn Elementary School Principal Eileen McCaffery is getting a doctorate in educational leadership, putting a successful end to four years of work.

She recently successfully defended her dissertation.

“I just thought that after all these years, it was finally over,” McCaffrey said in a press release. “Part of me was stunned, yet part of me was sad that it was over because I love academics and the learning process.”

After 3½ years of classroom instruction, McCaffery spent a year writing her 215-page dissertation. It included eight chapters of interviews and research on the topic, “Female Muslim Youth’s Identity Negotiation in Relationship to Life’s Opportunities.” McCaffery said writing the dissertation was the “most mentally challenging” task she’s endured, and it pushed her academic limits.

“But I did learn that I had to look at the process not as being overwhelming, but to address things one assignment at a time, one test at a time, one paper at a time,” she said in a press release.

McCaffery said she chose her dissertation topic because Dorn School has an enrollment that includes 30 percent of its students who live in Arabic-speaking homes.

“I chose a topic that really hit home with my job here,” McCaffrey said in the release. “I felt I needed more than a Wikipedia understanding of and respect for where some of my students are coming from. Going through this process, I feel I have accomplished that.”



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