Millie Reid, Canada
Q: What is your name? 
My name is Mildred Marie Reid but everyone knows me as Millie.

Q: Where are you from? 
I am from Sault Ste. Marie ON Canada. I began my teaching career in Canada in 1989, but moved to Ventura California in 1997, where I was the Special Education teacher for children with specific learning disabilities and difficulties.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue the LLEES programme at UTU? 
During my tenure in California, I acquired a Master’s in Education Administration and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Being a life-long learner and life-long educator, Learning, Learning Environments and Education Systems was of tremendous personal interest. I applied in January 2015 and was accepted into the LLEES programmeme the following May. Upon acceptance into the programmeme, I retired from public school teaching in California and moved permanently to Turku Finland.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of the programme? 
The LLEES teachers and LLEES curricula have hugely refined my research skills.

Q: What is your research about? 

Every student in the LLEES programmeme is invited to join a project by their thesis advisor. I had the opportunity to join the research team in the project Cultivating Future Mathematical Minds. As a result, my thesis is now an extension of this project; and focuses on specific mathematical tendencies within middle school students’ spontaneous focus on quantitative relations.

Q: How do you think your degree will help you in the future?
As a result of the insights gained through the project Cutltivating Future Mathematical Minds, and the LLEES programmeme, my current aim is to continue in the field of educational research and academic writing.
Q: What would you say to someone considering studying at UTU?
As a career educator with advanced degrees from North America, I can personally say that a degree from UTU will uniquely compliment your education with added depth and a new perspective of learning. Try it! You will like it.