Stories From 2020

Dec 21, 2020

Margareta Thomson on the Importance of an International Perspective: ‘Providing Students with Opportunities to be Immersed in Various Aspects of Global Learning is a Great Benefit for Them’

When Margareta Thomson, Ph.D., a professor of educational psychology in the NC State College of Education, was a graduate student at Florida State University, she had an opportunity to work on a National Science Foundation-funded project that helped shape the focus of her research for the rest of her career.

Dec 21, 2020

#WhyIChoseEducation: ‘I Bring Compassion, Patience and Skillful Teaching to Each of the Classes I Teach,’ Says Associate Professor of Middle Grades Social Studies Education Candy Beal, Ed.D.

As the child of an Air Force airman, Candy Beal, Ed.D., moved every three years. She attended six different schools in three different countries before graduating from high school. Her experiences in various school environments and around the world have influenced her teaching as an associate professor of middle grades education in the College of Education.

Dec 17, 2020

Entertaining the Kids: Home Makerspace Can Keep Children Entertained, Inspire Creativity Indoors During Winter Months, says METRC Assistant Director Laura B. Fogle

As the hours of daylight get fewer and the temperatures get colder, people tend to spend more time inside. Parents and caregivers may be looking for activities to occupy children without screens during the winter months. Laura B. Fogle, assistant director of the NC State College of Education’s Media and Education Technology Resource Center (METRC), says a home makerspace can engage kids in hands-on activities, while stimulating creativity and building problem solving skills.

Dec 17, 2020  |  News

Extraordinarily Responsive and Resilient: Our Year 2020 in Review

The year 2020 was difficult and different. Through this challenging time, NC State’s College of Education has been part of the solution in addressing urgent educational challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustices while strengthening its land-grant mission to champion the educational success of all.

Dec 17, 2020

Five First-year College of Education Doctoral Students Have Articles Published in EdNC

Students in Assistant Professor Crystal Chen Lee’s Critical Theory and Public Engagement course were asked to submit their final papers for the class for publication. Now, five students whose publications were accepted by EdNC share their experiences with the project.

Dec 16, 2020

Why I Give: ‘I Hope Students, Especially Immigrants and Students from Minority Populations, Get the Opportunity to Become a Teacher,’ Says University Program Associate Kirsten Hoeflaken ‘18MED

Born and raised in the Netherlands, University Program Associate Kirsten Hoeflaken ‘18MED always wanted to be a teacher. She was inspired by her fifth grade teacher and went on to teach for over 20 years before moving to the United States. She gives to the NC State College of Education as a token of gratitude for helping and supporting her as an immigrant.

Dec 15, 2020

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Online Program Prepares Michelle Garcia ’20MED for Future

This December, Michelle Garcia '20MED earned her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online at NC State. Garcia shares her story of growing up without many discussions of mental health to now becoming a licensed clinical mental health counselor.

Dec 14, 2020

My Student Experience: Doctoral Student Chelsea Smith ‘22PHD Shares the Challenges in Higher Education for Formerly Incarcerated College Students as Co-author of Recently Published Article

Chelsea Smith ‘22PHD, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in educational leadership, policy, and human development in the higher education program area of study, recently co-authored an article on the experiences of formerly incarcerated college students which was published in the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.

Dec 10, 2020

Scholarship Support Helped New Alumna Charlotte Melville ‘20 Become a Middle School Math Teacher, Regain Her Confidence

Charlotte Melville ‘20 discovered her passion for teaching while sitting in Jason Cheek’s Advanced Placement Calculus class during her senior year of high school. Earning the Jerry and Elizabeth Godwin Scholarship has allowed her to pursue her dream of becoming a middle school math teacher and challenging her students the way Mr. Cheek challenged her.

Dec 8, 2020

AMTE: Pursuing Anti-racist Practice Through Collaborative Noticing and Wondering

NC State College of Education Assistant Professor Robin Anderson, Ph.D., writes about the importance of examining practice and biases in the pursuit of anti-racist mathematics teaching.