Elizabeth Keedy de Obando
Elizabeth Keedy de Obando has been teaching English and Literature since graduating from Kenyon in 1996. She also earned two masters’ degrees: an MA in literature from FIU and an MAR in religion and the visual arts from Yale University. She has taught literature and writing classes to a variety of different levels, from middle school to undergraduate. Elizabeth has worked for Keiser University on three different campuses (Nicaragua, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale) and is now with the E-Campus. She recently returned to the United States from Nicaragua where she started and ran Granada International School. At present, Elizabeth resides in North Carolina with her husband and three young children where she is a History and English teacher at Woodlawn School. And when time permits, she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and traveling.
Dr. Kirschner has worked as an educator, grant writer, and administrator in public and private colleges, correctional facilities, and middle and high schools in South Florida for the past 25 years. He has served as a professor, editor, and writing consultant at Keiser University since 2009. State certified in English, he has taught Language Arts, Debate, Reading, English, and International Relations in addition to a variety of Master’s and Ph.D. courses in Educational Leadership. A former State Reading Coach for the Florida Department of Education, he worked in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach public schools. He received the Florida Regional Teacher of the Year award and the Broward County Boys and Girls Clubs Volunteer of the Year award. Dr. Kirschner earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and Doctorate in Administrator Leadership. Originally from New York, he has also lived in Washington, D.C. He enjoys volunteering for charitable animal and children’s causes, helping the homeless, spending time with family, and reading American history books. His favorite extracurricular activity is volunteering as coach of the Broward County Special Olympics tennis team.
Michael Record earned a BA in English from Florida Atlantic University, an MS in English Education from Nova Southeastern University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Keiser University. Dr. Record is a National Board Certified Teacher with experience teaching at the K-12 and college levels. He currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor of the Writing Program for Keiser University as well as Adjunct Professor of Education. He lives in Ft. Lauderdale and enjoys camping, canoeing, snorkeling, scuba diving, traveling, and photography.
Bill Strunk has been teaching English since joining the Peace Corps in 1972. Bill has two masters’ degrees: M.A. English/Applied Linguistics and M.S. Business (IT concentration). He has instructed all levels of English from beginning ESL students to doctoral candidates writing their dissertations. Bill has taught in three countries in addition to the United States (Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Canada) and in four U.S. states (Colorado, Texas, South Dakota, Florida). He was also a volunteer English tutor for Indo-Chinese refugees in Denver. He currently resides in Castle Rock, Colorado. He plays guitar and enjoys hiking, camping, and rafting in Colorado’s mountains.
Kyle Tilley has been in the secondary classroom for most of her career, and she’s taught English to high school students for over a decade. She earned her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from Washington and Lee University, where she developed a particular love of Modernist literature; she continued her studies in English and literature with an MA from Middlebury College. Most recently, Kyle has taught AP English Literature and AP English Language classes while also serving as Dean of Academics at a private school in North Carolina, where she oversaw curriculum development and integration, headed the English department, and helped to develop and implement an interdepartmental humanities program. Kyle joined the Graduate Online Writing Studio at Keiser University in 2018, where she particularly enjoys sharing her love of language and communication with graduate students and helping them to feel more confident in their writing. She is a Bostonian transplant to North Carolina, where she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and cooking.
Ashley Massie has over ten years of writing studio experience in which she has dedicated herself to working with students to help them grow their writing skills. She earned her master’s degree in English literature at the University of West Florida in her hometown of Pensacola, FL. She worked as a Writing Lab Manager in the UWF Writing Lab, helping students one-on-one in-person and online and teaching weekly grammar seminars for students on campus. Since 2015, she has been the Writing Studio Coordinator at the Keiser University Melbourne Campus where she has been able to continue her one-on-one work with student writers. She joined the Graduate Online Writing Studio team in 2021. When she is not helping students with their writing, she enjoys traveling, listening to audiobooks, trying new recipes, and spending time with family.
My instructors believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. Student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. Everyone was dedicated to my overall success.
Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.
The instructors at Keiser University impacted my life. They believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. KU helped to prepare me for the real world and got me to where I am today.
If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.
The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.
The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.
Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…
Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!
I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.
I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.
Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose. The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.
It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University. Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors. The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.
Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made. The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly. The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.
I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you. I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.
After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education. Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.
Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.
Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.
My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.
The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.
I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.