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My name is Matthew Raup and I am thirty years old.  I was born in Danville, PA.  I have a Bachelors degree in Information Technology from Juniata College and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University. I am currently working on my doctorate in Workforce Development and Education from Penn State.

I am a part of this program because I think leadership is a critical part of everything I do.  In my work place, coaching on the soccer field, or even just my relationships, being a good leader and having those characteristics can add value in every part of your life.  So I am hoping to grow with my leadership skills for those purposes.

I believe being a leader is one of the toughest things because it is all about being flexible and recognizing what the situation needs.  When I coach soccer, I cannot treat all players the same to affectively lead and motivate them.  I have to figure out what things they respond to and then work on meeting those needs.  I think our society focuses on the idea that students need to do better, workers need to work harder, etc... but I think the leaders are the ones who need to change and discover what needs to be done to make an impact.

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