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Music plays an important role in Warren Horsley's life. More than 30 years ago, he was a student at Wichita State, where he was majoring in music with an emphasis in composition and theory. Four years into his college education, he dropped out of school. ''I was having a good time and [was] not as responsible as I should have been,'' comments Horsley. ''My interests and focus wandered. I was in a rock-'n'-roll band that was pretty successful, and I just drifted away from school.''

Fast forward to 2007. Horsley is now in his 50s, with a family to support, and he’s tired of being on the road. Not as a touring musician but as a truck driver. Horsley was successful as a truck driver, but he wanted more for himself and his family. He wanted to go back to school and become an elementary school teacher. “I just felt becoming a teacher was the right ethical decision for me. Our kids need a solid education these days, especially from male teachers in elementary.”

After researching his options, Horsley enrolled at City University of Seattle. He had more than 90 good credit hours from Wichita State that CityU of Seattle accepted so that he wouldn’t have to start over from the very beginning. The two-year B.A. in Education K-8 and an endorsement in elementary education was just what he wanted. “I felt the bachelor-of-arts program was perfectly tailored to my needs. The CityU site was close to my home, and the advisor was really friendly and helpful. I knew, right at the start, that I had support.”



Horsley graduated from CityU of Seattle this past June and has been spending the summer interviewing at local school districts. He knows at the very minimum that he will be in the classroom as a substitute this fall, something that brings him a great sense of pride. “The reputation CityU of Seattle has in the teaching community is outstanding. It’s opened all sorts of doors for me,” comments Horsley. “I know because of the university’s relationships with the school districts and the training I received during my coursework [that] I will make a difference in the lives of many children.” Horsley was clear to point out that teachers don’t go into it [teaching] for the money. “To be able to have the same vacations as my 13-year-old is priceless. We’re already enjoying having our first summer together.” You can bet there’s always music playing at the Horsley house this summer.
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