Assistant Teaching Professor and MAT Director Micha Jeffries: ‘I Hope My Students First See Themselves As Change Agents. There Are So Many Things That We Can Tackle As Educators.’
As a young teacher at a diverse school in Forsyth County, Micha Jeffries, Ph.D., was shocked to hear a young, Black boy say that teachers didn’t expect him to read. That encounter encouraged her to devote her work to issues of diversity as a pre-service teacher educator.
Why I Give: ‘Not Only Am I Helping Prepare the Best Teachers, but I Am Also Helping Minimize Student Debt so More Future Educators Can Afford To Follow the Career They’re Passionate About,’ Says Elementary Education Major Becca Churchill ‘21
Elementary education student Becca Churchill ’21 has taken advantage of the many opportunities NC State offers. But it was her study abroad experience in Spain that made the biggest impact. Scholarship support made it possible for Churchill to have that experience. Because of that, Churchill gives back to the college in an effort to help other students have the opportunity to participate in enriching college experiences.
Doctoral Student Danielle Moloney ‘24PHD Awarded Prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from National Science Foundation
Danielle Moloney ‘24PHD, a student in the NC State College of Education’s Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences’ elementary education in mathematics and science program area of study, has been awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
Students on Instructor and University-School Partnership Liaison Kari Kuebel: ‘She Made Me So Much More Motivated to Become an Educator’
Morgan Harris ‘22 thought early on that she wanted to be a teacher but when she got to the NC State College of Education, she started to see how many other career possibilities were open to her. During her sophomore year, when she took a course with Instructor and University-School Partnership Liaison Kari Kuebel, her motivation to become an elementary school teacher was reignited.
Assistant Professor Jill Grifenhagen: ‘Every Child Deserves an Excellent Literacy Teacher Each Year and Elementary Teachers Need to Be Ready to Meet Students’ Diverse Literacy Needs’
No matter how much Jill Grifenhagen, Ph.D., tried to resist following in the footsteps of her mother and other family members who were teachers, the career path kept finding her. She finally gave into her calling during a sociology course she took as an undergraduate that focused on social stratification, where she learned about the ways educational systems can both perpetuate and transcend social inequalities.
Lecturer and University Supervisor Betsy Knight: ‘I Believe Every Student Teacher Has a Gift to Share with Students. It Is My Job to Encourage Them to Fine Tune Their Gift.’
Since joining the NC State College of Education in 2007, Lecturer and University Supervisor Betsy Knight can’t remember a day she didn’t enjoy while teaching students and supporting them throughout their coursework and field experiences at partner schools.
Students on Associate Teaching Professor Ann Harrington: ‘She Just Wants Every Student to Succeed and Become an Excellent Teacher’
When she worked as a first-grade teacher in a high-poverty school, Ann Harrintgon, Ph.D., saw firsthand the importance of teaching children to read effectively. Now she helps pre-service teachers prepare to become effective educators as an associate teaching professor of reading education.
Students on Associate Professor Sarah Carrier: ‘She Values Hard Work and Life-long Learning, and Models These Values for Her Students Across All Levels of the Elementary Education Programs’
Associate Professor Sarah Carrier, Ph.D., says she hopes the students who take her courses will develop a sense of wonder and enthusiasm for science. College of Education students share how Carrier’s lessons have helped them in their own classrooms and on their academic journeys.
My Student Experience: Five NC State College of Education Students Share Their Experiences as Virtual Orientation Leaders During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic forced orientation leaders to transition New Student Orientation from an in-person event to an online experience. Five College of Education students share their experiences as virtual orientation leaders during COVID-19.
#WhyIChoseEducation: ‘I Want to Teach Kids to be Kind and Accepting of Others and Teach Them to be Confident in Themselves While Giving Them the Support They Need to Succeed in Life,’ Says Elementary Education Student Emma Wilson ‘21
Emma Wilson ‘21 was always told she would make a good teacher. But she never considered it until her senior year of high school. However, it wasn’t until Wilson enrolled in the exploratory studies program at NC State where she discovered teaching was a natural fit.