Tim Montgomery

As a residential guidance counselor for Culver Military Academy, a college preparatory boarding school in northern Indiana, Tim Montgomery counsels 44 boys in academics, military leadership, extracurricular activities, and social life. “It’s like being a parent to 44 children,” he says, noting that his students hail from 10 countries and nine states.

“The study of the human brain has helped me understand some of the problems students can have in the area of learning,” explains Montgomery. “I’m more patient and able to assess their roadblocks more effectively.”Montgomery chose Ball State’s online master’s program in educational psychology because he’s “fascinated with how people of all ages learn.” He is pursuing the human development specialization and has completed the certificate in human development and learning.

He also chose the program because it was offered 100 percent online. “This was important to me because I work seven days a week during the school year,” he says.

Montgomery’s excitement about the master’s degree is showing on the Culver campus. “I’ve already recommended Ball State and the educational psychology program to other counselors on our campus,” he says.

Now that he knows about Ball State’s graduate degree options for full-time working professionals, Montgomery thinks he may eventually pursue another of Ball State’s advanced degrees.