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Dec 19, 2019

#NCStateCED19 Recap: To the Class of 2019, Always Evolve, Educate and Esteem and Go Confidently, Knowing You’re Ready to Leave a Legacy

The NC State College of Education recognized over 150 graduating students during its December 2019 Graduation Ceremony Thursday, Dec. 19, in the McKimmon Center. Our recap includes photos, quotes and notes from the ceremony. 

Dec 16, 2019

Jermaine R. Howell ’19MED: I Saw Education as an Avenue to Foster a Sense of Identity in the Lives of Students and to Fulfill my Ultimate Goal in Helping to Shape the World of Tomorrow

With a passion for training teachers new to the United States, Jermaine Howell ’19MED plans to use his master’s degree to become an instructional coach, where he trains and develops educators to become effective classroom practitioners. 

Alexandra van Dorsten

Dec 16, 2019

Alexandra van Dorsten ’19MAT: The Course I Took on Classroom Diversity Gave Me the Skills to Connect With All My Students

As a biology and physical science lateral entry teacher at Athens Drive High School, Alexandra van Dorsten ’19MAT chose NC State’s College of Education to earn her teaching license. At the end of May, she will move to Ghana to teach science as a Peace Corps volunteer. 

Nada Wafa

Dec 16, 2019

Nada Wafa ’11, ’19MS, ’22PHD: I Knew This Was the Place Where I Could Grow, Personally and Professionally

With a background in international schools, Nada Wafa '11, '19MS, '22PHD has a passion for global learning. NC State gave her the opportunity to expand her knowledge on global learning and explore new literacies in the field of education. 

Amanda Melniczek

Dec 16, 2019

Amanda Dye Melniczek ’19MED: As a First-generation College Student, Education was the Key to Opening the Door to a World of Opportunity to Learn, Travel and Grow

As a community college professor, Amanda Dye Melniczek ’19MED will use her master’s degree in training and development to help provide professional development for faculty and staff in a two-year institution. 

Thomas Carrington

Dec 16, 2019

Thomas Carrington ’19MAT: I Chose Elementary Education Because I Wanted to Educate Children, Help Them Overcome Obstacles and Help Them Discover the Joys in the World

Studying abroad in China, Thomas Carrington ’19MAT developed a passion for Chinese culture and learned about education in other countries, inspiring him to look for educational opportunities in other countries and with international schools. 

Ashley Roseno

Dec 16, 2019

Ashley Tice Roseno ’19PHD: I Chose NC State’s College of Education Because of its Top-Tier Adult Education Program

Ashley Tice Roseno ’19PHD is a registered dietician who sought an adult education program to help her better understand how to work with adults in nutrition settings. She developed a passion for training educators how to use food and nutrition as a tool to teaching math and science. 

Dec 16, 2019

Karina Simoni ‘19MED: I Want to Help Adults Be More Successful in the Hope that I Empower at Least One Person to Keep Learning

Karina Simoni ’19MED, author of the children’s book The Farm on the Fuzzy Edge of the Map, will graduate with a Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology. She will start a position as an instructional designer, where she hopes to improve adult education. 

Walaa Sarsour

Dec 14, 2019

Undergraduate Student Speaker Walaa Sarsour ’19: Providing an Education is Not Offering the Knowledge to Students to Answer a Question, But Empowering Them as Young Leaders to Answer a Lifetime of Questions

Walaa Sarsour '19 will deliver the Charge to the Undergraduate Students at the December 2019 Graduation Ceremony. She will teach middle grades math in Wake County after graduation. 

Graduation student speakers Greg Cheney and Walaa Sarsour

Dec 13, 2019

NC State College of Education to Graduate 157 Students Thursday, Dec. 19

Graduating students Greg Cheney ’19PHD and Walaa Sarsour ’19 will deliver the keynote addresses during the NC State College of Education's graduation ceremony Thursday, Dec. 19.