As part of Celebrating 90 Years of NC State Education, we asked you to share your stories of why you chose education and why you love the NC State College of Education. Below is one of the many stories we received demonstrating how we’re leading the way in education in North Carolina and beyond.
Name: Rebekah Davis
Graduation Year: 2002
Department/Program: Curriculum and Instruction
Career Role & Responsibilities: I am currently a doc student in TELS, Learning Design and Technology, and the digital learning graduate assistant in METRC. I help teach the Introduction to Instructional Technology class and assist with technology integration to other education courses.
Why did you enter the field of education?
I entered the education field as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow at Elon in 1991. I was won over by the program and the opportunity it gave me, a first-generation college student, to attend the college of my choice.
Why did you choose to earn your degree from the NC State College of Education?When I began looking for a Master’s program, NC State’s forward-thinking program in Curriculum Studies was the only one of it’s kind close enough for a commute. Soon after I got here, I realized it was the right place. My classes were highly relevant and interactive and included the right blend of theory and practice.
Fast forward to 2016 when I began looking for a Ph.D. program, I was again drawn to NC State’s innovative programs in education. I was thrilled to see the educational technology program was learning sciences driven, and even more impressed at the work NC State faculty does in research both in psychology and education. I started in the Learning Design and Technology program here in August 2017, and I couldn’t be happier to make the commute every day.