Grads praise Madonna preparation

By Amanda Allie

Recent Madonna graduates Max Guy and Ashley Wendling credit their success post graduation to the time they spent at Madonna University. Guy graduated most recently in 2010 with a nursing degree and Wendling graduated in 2009 with high honors and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with elementary certification.

Guy is currently a RN at the University of Michigan Hospital where he works as a charge nurse caring for the ill. Graduating from Livonia Stevenson High School in 2005, Guy admitted Madonna's location was convenient, but his choice to attend was based on reputation.

"Through my schooling at Madonna I was able to learn the values of commitment, advocacy, beneficence, responsibility, and appreciation for the opportunity to help those in need," Guy said.

Guy, a cross country runner throughout high school and college, says Madonna helped shape him for his future on more than just an education level.

"Madonna University is an outstanding academic institution that teaches values as well as life skills that can be used for both a successful life and career," he confirmed.

Guy has fond memories of Madonna University, the school will always have a high standing in his book.

"Thank you Madonna, for molding me into the person I am today. Madonna will always hold a special place in my heart. Madonna is where I grew not only as a person, but also as a professional."

Wendling realized that education was a tough field to pursue in Michigan, but with a glass half-full attitude, she had faith in pursuing her dream and landing a job. She has a long-term substituting job in Michigan. Yearning for something more stable, she attended a Michigan Job Fair and was recruited by Laveen Elementary School District to teach third grade in Arizona.

"Madonna’s education program has helped me tremendously by preparing me for my teaching job," Wendling said. 

From being taught important educational terminology to learning researched-based best teaching practices to learning how to prepare for and to interview for an actual teaching job, Madonna University provided me with these experiences and more," she added.

Currently, Wendling is on her second year teaching at Vista del Sur Traditional School, and loves every moment of it.

She also takes advantage of being a member of many committees, including advisor of National Junior Honor Society, head coach of the soccer team, a member of the Positive Behavior and Intervention Support System Committee, on the Science Fair Committee, and a tutor.

Although Wendling has her hands full, she is currently undertaking a Master's program at Northern Arizona University. There, she is pursuing Educational Leadership focusing in Higher Education and Community College.

Wendling attributes much of her success and her drive to Madonna University.

"I feel that the education program at Madonna is very strong and has made me appreciate all the hard work I put into my four years there. With the small class sizes and knowledgeable, friendly professors, I feel that the personalized attention I received help me to become the teacher I am today," Wendling said with a smile.