Michael Cheslock

Michael Cheslock earned his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education through the Distance Learning Center.

A DESIRE TO TEACH

Working as the Youth Program Director at the YMCA in his hometown of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, was all it took for Michael Cheslock to spark his desire to teach.

Although Michael had already earned a Business degree from a four-year university, he followed his interest to teach and became a substitute teacher in the Rhinelander area. After taking an online course through UW-Superior, he decided in late 2007 to enroll in the university's Distance Learning program with his sights set on completing a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

BENEFITS OF DISTANCE LEARNING

Michael enjoyed the overall structure and flexibility of Distance Learning. He could work and study at his own pace and on his own time. He was able to work, take classes and raise his daughter, which would not have been possible for him as an on-campus student. He also enjoyed being able to stay at home with his family rather than commuting back and forth between Rhinelander and the UW-Superior campus. That kind of convenience was the major selling point for Michael, as it is for many distance learning students juggling school, family and full-time jobs.

SCHOLARSHIPS, LOANS AND MORE

Michael faced the cost issue head on by taking the initiative to apply for Distance Learning scholarships. Along with grants and student loans, he received scholarships, such as the Ericka M. Baker Education Scholarship in 2010, the Rodger & Gloria Redding Scholarship and the Markovich Distance Learning Scholarship. He also received the Inez Church Grant in Rhinelander.

DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE

As Michael strives to be a top-notch dad, he is well on his way to accomplishing his second goal of becoming a first-rate public school teacher. When asked what his dream job would be, Michael said he would love to teach and coach.