Meet Our Incoming Students: Welcome Four of Our Out-of-State Future Educators

Meet Our Incoming Students

This is part of a summer “Meet Our Incoming Students” series in which the College of Education will introduce some of its first-year, transfer and graduate students who will join us this fall.

Though the majority of the NC State College of Education’s newest undergraduate and graduate students reside in North Carolina, many will also be joining the college from out-of-state. Meet four of them who hail from Delaware, Massachusetts and Virginia.

Hear why these undergraduate students chose the NC State College of Education, why they chose their major and why they chose education.

Peyton Applegate

Peyton Applegate

Marblehead, Massachusetts
Marblehead High School
Elementary Education

Why did you choose the NC State College of Education? I chose the NC State College of Education because I believe this school will be able to offer me a wide variety of great opportunities and resources.

What attracted you to your major? I want to major in elementary education because I prefer working with younger kids.

Why did you choose education? I chose education because I have been working at a daycare for the past three years and I love my job. I want to be able to do what I love and help kids.


Anna Marie Barnes

Anna Marie Barnes

Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Episcopal School
Elementary Education

Why did you choose the NC State College of Education? Because I have heard it is a great program.

What attracted you to your major? I have ADD and dyslexia so it has been harder for me to learn, especially when I was younger and this made me want to be a teacher because I had a few great teachers who noticed I had a hard time and helped me better understand how I learn differently and helped me.

Why did you choose education? I want to be able to make a great impact on kids like some of my past teachers have made on me.


Ava Cottone

Ava Cottone

Wilmington, Delaware
Wilmington Friends School
Elementary Education

Why did you choose the NC State College of Education? I chose the NC State College of Education because I felt like there is an abundance of resources available to me to help me be the best educator I can be. Between the small college feel in a large school environment and access to Students Advocating for Youth (SAY) Village, I felt like I would get the best experience for me.

What attracted you to your major? I have always loved working with younger children and want to be able to make an impact, not only on their classroom education, but also I want to help shape their moral compass. I feel like education is such an important part of a young child’s life, which is why I am drawn to elementary education.

Why did you choose education? I chose the major of education because I felt like this is one of the main ways I will be able to make my impact on the world. By being a leader and educator for generations to come, I can spread messages of love, kindness and equality to a large population of children in their formative years.


Joseph Harrington

Joseph Harrington

Ashland, Massachusetts
Ashland High School
Secondary Science Education

Why did you choose the NC State College of Education? I loved the campus when I visited and I was impressed by what the College of Education had to offer.

What attracted you to your major? Passion for and the desire to study the sciences.

Why did you choose education? Desire to have a career where I serve my community.