Meet Our NC State Education Scholars

Cohort II (Current Students)

Perry CurrinPerry Currin
Nashville, North Carolina
Science Education-High School Chemistry
NC State Education Scholars District: Lenoir

I loved what my experiences in public schools were when I was a student but was even more interested in what those experiences could have been. The idea of capitalizing on potential and possibility is part of what drives me as a pre-service teacher. It is also why I am excited to be working with Lenoir County Public Schools. I am grateful for the NC State Education Scholars program for providing this opportunity to live and work in a community committed to improving education for all students. Outside of teaching, I enjoy creating music and playing the saxophone, running, reading, and traveling.

Mackenzie Hunt
Mackenzie Hunt
Red Springs, North Carolina
Science Education-Middle Grades
NC State Education Scholars District: Lenoir

My favorite part of being an NC State Education Scholar is that I am able to work closely with my peers to make a difference in North Carolina. I chose to teach because I am from the poorest county in North Carolina and I have seen how poverty can directly impact a child’s education. As an NC State Education Scholar, I will be able to fulfill my dream of being a great teacher and role model for students who are experiencing poverty. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, singing and playing with my dog.

Jessica MontgomeryJessica Montgomery
Hickory, North Carolina
Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
NC State Education Scholars District: Lenoir

I am excited to work in Lenoir and to build relationships within the district. Lenoir is a growing county and I am excited to see what role I can play both inside and outside of the school community. Most importantly, though, I am excited to teach students who come from a similar background as myself. Working in a rural area is something that I have wanted to do for a long time and I am glad that I will finally be getting the opportunity to do so. Coming from a family of educators, I know the importance teachers can make in the lives of students from rural backgrounds. In my free time I like to hike, fish, draw, read and watch TV.

Cassandra RocknessCassandra Rockness
Mooresville, NC
Middle School Language Arts & Social Studies
NC State Education Scholars District: Cabarrus

Through NC State’s Education Scholars Program, I will have the privilege to teach in Cabarrus County at H.E. Winkler Middle School. I have a passion for working with other students and am thrilled to collaborate with experienced educators from Cabarrus County! I believe that this experience will help sharpen me as an educator and allow me to immerse myself in the school’s community before teaching full-time after graduation. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, running, volunteering with my church, and spending time with my family. My passion for working with youth and love for learning inspired me to pursue a career in the field of education. I believe that North Carolina’s public schools are in need of educators who are committed to their students and eager to serve. I am excited for the adventures to come in Cabarrus county and hope to instill a passion for learning in the hearts of my students!

Jessica TaylorJessie Taylor
Stanfield, North Carolina
Technology, Design, and Engineering Education
NC State Education Scholars District: Cabarrus

I am excited to be an NC State Education Scholar because it provides me the opportunity to serve a rural community in the same area in which I grew up, which makes me feel like I am able to give back to those close to home. The NC State Education Scholars program will also allow me to make an impact on students in a rural area while preparing myself financially for the future. When I originally came to NC State, I was not planning on majoring in education. When I realized my initial career path was not the right direction for me, I found Technology, Design, and Engineering Education. I knew that, through TDE, I could make a lasting impact by preparing students for the careers of the future. In my free time, I like to be with friends and family, try new foods, go to the gym, and take time to relax.

Meghan ThomasMeghan Thomas
Davidson, North Carolina
Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
NC State Education Scholars District: Cabarrus

Before coming to NC State, I had not considered education as a pathway I would take. However, after exploring more about the profession, I realized that teaching was right for me and I never looked back! I am so excited about the opportunity to work in Cabarrus County and become part of a tight-knit community.

Cohort I (Currently Teaching)

Sarah Bowman was a Middle Grades Science Education major at NC State, and teaches in Johnston County. Sarah is a former president of the student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), an organization in which she has served in many leadership roles. Additionally, she served as a volunteer for Nano Days and STEM Education Day at NC State. After noticing the great impact teachers can have on students and their love of learning, Sarah decided becoming a science teacher would be an avenue through which she could promote positive change and leave a legacy for the love of science.

Meredith Glover majored in High School Mathematics Education at NC State and teaches in Onslow County. While at NC State, Meredith was an active member of the student chapter of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM). The daughter of two educators, Meredith is proud to follow in her parents footsteps as she enters the teaching profession. Her passion for education extends beyond the content, but includes creating safe environments for all students to learn without exception.

Madison Miller was a Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT) student concentrating in Special Education, and teaches in Johnston County. She became an NC State Education Scholar because of  the experience it provides , particularly the positive impact she can have working with students in rural North Carolina. Prior to pursing her teaching license, Madison worked with special needs children and adults. She chose to enter the teaching profession in order to have a greater impact on the daily lives of children who may struggle in conventional settings.

Alyssa McNeary majored in Mathematics Education with a Computer Science Specialization, and teaches in Cabarrus County. She student taught at Hickory Ridge High School. While at NC State, Alyssa was an active member of the student chapter of North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM), and served as a Read to Lead mentor through the local Boys and Girls Club chapter. Alyssa enjoys mathematics content, as well as interacting with others, which is why she feels education is her calling.

Katie Martin was a major in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education at NC State, and is teaching in Lenoir County. During her summer immersion experience, Katie worked at a summer enrichment program where she taught Lenoir County students how to write computer codes. While at NC State, Katie was an active member in the student chapter of the Technology and Engineering Educations Collegiate Association (TEECA), and was a member of an International Honor Society for Technology, Epsilon Pi Tau. In addition to her content, Katie is an advocate of summer enrichment programs for K-12 students, and believes they are an underutilized, powerful tool through which to reach young people.

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