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Class of 2024

Apr 26, 2024

Naeema Carter ’24MSA: ‘My Goal As a School Leader Is To Help As Many Kids As I Can’

After six years in the classroom, Naeema Carter '24MSA decided to enter the field of school administration to ensure even more students feel cared for and successful. 

Apr 24, 2024

Caitlyn Frazier ’24: ‘I Chose Elementary Education Because I Have Always Had a Passion to Teach Kids’

Caitlyn Frazier '24 has gained student teaching experience in North Carolina and South Africa, which will prepare her to step into the classroom once she graduates with her bachelor's degree in elementary education. 

Apr 24, 2024

Jacqueline Verkuilen ’23, ’24MED: ‘Learning Design and Technology Has Perfectly Allowed Me to Thrive at My Talents and Hit on My Interests’

When Jacqueline Verkuilen '23, '24MED was an undergraduate student, discovering the College of Education's Learning Design and Technology program changed the course of her academic career. She switched her major and decided to earn her master's degree, too, which she was able to complete online while traveling the world. 

Apr 24, 2024

Luke B. Carman ’24PHD: ‘I Came Back to Get a Ph.D. Because I Wanted the Opportunity to Teach and Learn in Community With Other People’

As Luke Carman graduates with his Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM mathematics and statistics education concentration, he is ready to use his research to bring students, teachers and communities together to improve K-12 education. 

Apr 24, 2024

Cullen Belk ’24MAT: ‘I Have Become a Better Teacher through Growing in My Understanding of My Math Content’

As a current math teacher, Cullen Belk wanted an opportunity to strengthen his teaching skills and teach at higher levels within the subject. Now, as he prepares to graduate with his master’s degree, he is looking forward to the impact he will have on students for years to come. 

Apr 24, 2024

Greyson Norcross ’20MED, ’24PHD: ‘My Biggest Hope is to Revolutionize How We Think About Leadership’

Greyson Norcross '24PHD is fascinated by how leadership intersects with the arts, and his dissertation explored the experiences of senior leaders in higher education who have backgrounds in music. Following graduation, he is looking forward to engaging in new avenues for research in leadership and creativity. 

Apr 24, 2024

Ece Yilmaz ’24PHD: ‘I Want to Live in a More Inclusive World, Where Individuals Are Not Confined by Societal Expectations, Stereotypes and Biases’

When Ece Yilmaz '24PHD received a Fulbright Grant and started applying to doctoral programs in the United States, the welcoming environment at the NC State College of Education stood out to her. Now, she will be graduating with her Ph.D. in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development higher education opportunity, equity, and justice concentration. 

Apr 24, 2024

Tala Dahmash ’24MED: ‘Learning is a Lifelong Journey, and Adult Education Allows Individuals to Continually Adapt, Grow and Thrive in an Ever-changing World’

Tala Dahmash '24MED has spent the last decade as an English teacher and English as a second language (ESL) specialist in Dubai. To further grow as an educator, Dahmash decided to earn her master's degree in training and development at the NC State College of Education, and she will make the 15-hour flight from Dubai to Raleigh to attend her graduation ceremony. 

Apr 24, 2024

Cherrelle Lawrence ’24EDD: ‘I’m Genuinely Passionate About Nurturing Learning and Growth in All Individuals’

As Cherrelle Lawrence '24PHD prepares to graduate with her Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership, she hopes to continue to be able to act as a proponent of effective learning practices in the corporate world, while also taking on teaching roles in the field of higher education. 

Lisset Botello Martinez

Sep 10, 2020

Technology, Engineering, and Design Education Student Lisset Botello Martinez Awarded First-ever NC State College of Education Bob Davis Scholarship

Lisset Botello Martinez ‘24 moved to the United States at the age of 3 and, growing up, her mother instilled in her the importance of having access to education. The Bob Davis Scholarship has made it possible for Martinez to continue her education and pursue a degree in technology, engineering, and design education from the NC State College of Education.