Meet Our New Faculty Members
Chandra Alston: ‘I Hope My Students Learn to Become Justice-oriented Practitioners’
"I am excited about joining a literacy faculty that’s outward focused with work that is embedded in and supportive of North Carolina communities. I am also drawn to the land-grant mission of the university and the ways the College of Education is working to provide access to materials and opportunities to improve educational opportunities for all North Carolina citizens," said Chandra Alston, an assistant professor of literacy, education who earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University
Michael Little: ‘I Was Very Impressed with NC State’s Commitment to Conduct Research to Directly Benefit the People of North Carolina’
"At NC State, we want our students to “Think and Do”. Extraordinary educators focus on that second word — showing students what they can Do with their new knowledge," said Michael Little, an assistant professor of literacy, policy analysis, and program evaluation who earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Brean’A Monet Parker: ‘I Want Students to Learn the Process of Being a Critical Scholar'
"I wanted to be at an institution that has a lot of resources and is already doing transformative as well as innovative work. I kept hearing about NC State faculty members as well as amazing students who do this really interesting work, especially around social justice and multicultural counseling, and I wanted to be at a place that I could have that fostered and cultivated for myself as a faculty member," said Brean'A Monet Parker, an assistant professor of counseling and counselor education who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.
Samantha Marshall: ‘I Hope My Students Will Learn to Become Critical and Skillful Educators’
"NC State has a wonderful tradition and mission of serving the broader North Carolina community, while at the same time producing internationally impactful research. That’s a combination I was quickly drawn to," said Samantha Marshall, an assistant professor of curriculum and developmental supervision who earned her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.
Amato Nocera: ‘I Believe That Learning Happens in Community’
"Teaching is a craft that takes years to master. I know from my own experience teaching that I am always learning and improving. But I think at the core of being a great teacher are the qualities of love and empathy," said Amato Nocera, an assistant professor of educational equity and social studies who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lam Pham: ‘I Think People Learn by Doing’
"Getting an education opened doors for me that would never have been an option otherwise, and I want to do my part in making similar opportunities available for my students," said Lam Pham, an assistant professor of educational evaluation and policy analysis who earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.
Terrell Robinson: ‘All Students Can Achieve Success Given the Appropriate Tools and Support’
"Learning should be fun, practical, structured and meaningful. We must equip, engage and empower our students to greatness," said Terrell Robinson, Ph.D., an assistant teaching professor in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences who earned his Ph.D. from Florida A&M University.
Matthew Reynolds: ‘I Believe Learning Comes from Experience'
"I hope my students learn the knowledge and skills they will need to become effective science teachers in the 21st-century classroom. I hope they become reflective and caring educators that critically analyze their teaching practice and continue to seek ways to improve," said Matthew Reynolds, an assistant teaching professor of STEM education who earned his Ph.D. from NC State University.
By the Numbers: Expected New Student Enrollment*
New Graduate Students
New First-year Undergraduate Students
New Transfer Undergraduate Students
Meet Some of Our New Graduate Students
Kathryn Bailey, Master of Arts in Teaching
"I have loved learning my whole life and I can’t wait to jump back into academia. I chose education because I want to create a classroom that promotes diversity, inclusion and the love of learning."
Brandi Hughes, Master of Arts in Teaching
"I believe education is key to making the world a better place. I want to help shape the new generation into being well-educated world citizens and leaders, and make my contribution to making a more inclusive and thriving environment through teaching."
Elliot Case, M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
"I chose the program at NC State because it had the best reputation for counseling and I wanted to go with the best. I want to help people conquer their phobias and this is an area I am learning has not been very well studied."
Corina De La Torre, Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences
"I chose education because I have witnessed the cultivation of resilience within students and their potential along with the potential of social services."
Meet Some of Our New Undergraduate Students
Heidy Labra-Franco, Mathematics Education
"I chose the NC State College of Education because not only have I met amazing teachers who have gone through the program, but the program assists teachers in their career from the beginning. They allow students to get field experience early on and build from there."
Ashton Jones, Elementary Education
"Originally, I wanted to become a veterinarian; however, I changed my mind sophomore year and figured out that teaching was my passion. I know that NC State has a supportive community and they produce some of the greatest teachers in North Carolina."
Olivia LaRusso, Elementary Education
"Teaching young kids is such an honorable profession because you are giving them the foundation for all their future knowledge. I think enabling youth with knowledge to change the world is such an honorable job."
Star Muehlbauer, Middle Grades English Language Arts and Social Studies Education
"I have always had a love for school, just being there and learning every day, so I wanted to provide that experience to others, especially during middle school, the most formative years of teenagers."
Kaitlyn Rosen, Elementary Education
"I love the sense of community this college has and I’m excited to be a part of this awesome family."
Benjamin Rutledge, Education Undeclared
"My mom is a teacher and she has been the biggest influence in me wanting to become a teacher and help brighten kids’ futures."
Anna Marie Barnes, Elementary 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, Elementary 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."
Luis Aviles, Mathematics Education
"I want students to be able to see themselves confidently when learning something new. I chose education to reveal a limelight of positivity and encouragement for these students."
Madison Neal, Elementary Education
"I chose education because I have always wanted to inspire younger children and give children the ability to believe in themselves at a young age."