Enhance your education, Disney-style! Earn your Mouseters and Ducktorate Degrees while participating in our educational offerings. During your semester on the Disney College Program, you are able to register for 11- or 4-week collegiate or seminar courses that are instructed by experienced Disney cast members. You don’t have to worry about commuting because these offerings are held in classrooms located in our housing complexes! We also offer Career Development Workshops (CDWs) that are held weekly during the semester to provide you with knowledge, information and tools to support your career growth.
Now, let me introduce you to the team who helps make magic in the classroom every day!
As a Prime Time Café seating host 26 years ago, Aaron began his career with Disney. Since his days in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, he has experienced many lines of business ranging from entertainment to custodial to duty manager. Currently, you can find Aaron teaching Organizational Leadership, Corporate Analysis, Leadership101 and Disney Heritage. Aaron not only enjoys sharing his knowledge as an instructor, but he is also enjoys learning from his students, “I enjoy integrating the different business cultures into the classes. The world is becoming smaller every day and it is such a pleasure to get to know the students.” A memorable teaching experience for Aaron was when he had the privilege to teach Roy E. Disney and his wife how to ride a Segway!
Brenda began her journey in the Magic Kingdom Park as a merchandise hostess in Frontierland. This November, she will be celebrating her 25th anniversary with the company. Since joining the Education team in 2001, Brenda has taught several different courses and is currently responsible for Corporate Communication and Marketing & Sales. When asked what her favorite part of working with Disney Internships and Programs participants is, she responded, “The Disney internship experience provides students with an amazing opportunity to grow and learn in so many different ways. For the student who has never been away from home to the student who has traveled to a variety of places, the program offers such unique possibilities for everyone. I love to see someone come out of their shell, improve their English, find that dream job and when I hear back from the student who has reached a goal, it makes me happy to know they accomplished something special.” Throughout her journey, Brenda is proud to say that she was on the opening team for Disneyland Paris, assisted with the press event for the opening of the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and, while working as a housekeeping manager, she ironed James Earl Jones’s suit for Candlelight Processional!
After retiring from her previous career, Ellen began her Disney journey driving safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Through networking she decided to make a second career for herself at Disney. Ellen worked as a coordinator and guest service manager at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and then guest service manager for Attractions in Fantasyland. Ellen currently instructs Creativity and Innovation, Leadership, Cast Engagement and HR, Entertainment, and Environmentality. Ellen does not have a favorite course to teach, any class in which a student is learning is her favorite! Ellen enjoys working with Disney Internships and Programs participants by helping them make career decisions and applying the course information they have learned to positions they hope to gain. When Ellen is not in the classroom, you may see her out and about enjoying the Walt Disney World Resort, she has been a Disney Vacation Club member since 1998!
Pamela began her 23-year journey with our company on the Disney College Program. Since then she has worked within restaurant management, club management and now is a Disney Internships and Programs College Instructor. Throughout her years Pamela has taught a variety of management courses and currently instructs Advanced Studies in Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, and Hospitality & Guest Service Disney Exploration Series. When asked what her favorite course to teach is she said, “I can’t narrow it down to one, I enjoy them all! It is a great experience all around. These students have the opportunity to meet, work and learn from people globally. I am fortunate enough to be able to showcase my knowledge and share with those students. I also have the chance to learn from them as well.” When not in the classroom, you may find her yodeling around the Walt Disney World Resort. She is a former Arizona state yodeling champion!