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Why I Chose Education

Everyone has a different reason. What's yours?

Simple Question, Powerful Answers:

We asked educators why they chose to enter the field of education and they shared their inspiring stories. From current students to those who have worked in education for decades, take a look at why our alumni chose to make a difference in the lives of children.

“Education is a profession where you can see the impact that you are having on the world around you. You also get to grow with your students, as they learn, you learn, too. There aren’t many professions out there that allow for that.”

– Nicholas Massey ‘21MAT

Meet Nicholas 

“My goal and purpose has always been to make a positive impact in the lives of children. We know that a quality education is a game changer for all children, but is a dire need for children in poverty.”

– Valerie Bridges ’02MSA, ’10EDD

Meet Valerie 

Why Extraordinary Educators Choose Us:


college for education majors in North Carolina


Producer of STEM Educators in N.C.


most effective beginning teachers in North Carolina as rated by employers

Sources: College Magazine and UNC Educator Quality Dashboard

“I chose education because I want to help young students deepen their love for learning and take that forward with them as a lifelong passion and desire.”

– Matin Maani ‘22

Meet Matin 

We offer over 50 undergraduate, graduate and certificate options across our three departments.

Why Did You Choose Education?

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Lisa Wilkins ’22MED created the Mentors Empowering Our Wildcats (MEOW) Group that met on Fridays to read Dwayne Reed’s “Simon B. Rhymin’” at T.S. Cooper Elementary School in Sunbury, North Carolina. Wilkins’ idea behind MEOW was to create a mentorship program to help students build positive relationships with male mentors through reading, and to provide a welcoming environment where that could occur.

Wilkins earned her master’s degree in new literacies and global learning - reading education last semester. While in the program, Wilkins took ECI 508: Teachers As Leaders with Associate Professor Jill Grifenhagen. It was in that class that Wilkins had a spark of inspiration to create the mentorship program.

Since there was only one male teacher at the school members of the Gates County Community Partnership, as well Gates County principals, high school teachers and even the county superintendent, Barry Williams, stepped in to serve as the students’ mentors. At the final session, each student was given a kite, which they assembled and flew with the mentors.
Just a reminder. 😌