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.
I was the invisible child in school. Always behaved, made average grades, nothing notable so nothing noticed. Through good counseling and mentoring, I was called to education. I quickly realized this would give me the tools to make sure other kids never felt the way I did in school
Lisa Arment Cummings '01
Why I Chose Education
Braska Williams ’89
Braska Williams ’89
A national magazine recognizes the director of NC-MSEN Pre-College Program for his lifework of encouraging students of color to pursue college and STEM careers.https://ced.ncsu.edu/news/2017/08/29/braska-williams-89-wins-insight-into-diversity-magazines-2017-inspiring-stem-award/
Why Extraordinary Educators Choose Us:
College for teacher preparation
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STEM Educators in N.C.
College that awards education degrees in North Carolina
Sources: U.S. News, UNC Educator Quality Dashboard, and College Magazine
I always had it in the back of my head that I would potentially end up in education. When it came down to deciding where I was going to fit in within that, I noticed there were so few men in elementary education. I knew my impact could be even greater by being one of those few men.
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#WhyIChoseEducation: ‘Education Has Shaped My Passion to Learn. Whether it’s Reading or Writing, I Really Do Love to Learn,’ Says Kelly Fitzgerald ‘89
With a passion for mathematics, Kelly Fitzgerald ‘89 enrolled in NC State with the hope of becoming an engineer. He quickly discovered he had more of a “love for pure...
Dec 21, 2020
#WhyIChoseEducation: ‘I Bring Compassion, Patience and Skillful Teaching to Each of the Classes I Teach,’ Says Associate Professor of Middle Grades Social Studies Education Candy Beal, Ed.D.
As the child of an Air Force airman, Candy Beal, Ed.D., moved every three years. She attended six different schools in three different countries before graduating from high school. Her...
Nov 23, 2020
#WhyIChoseEducation: ‘Teachers Can Inspire and Influence Students Both Positively and Negatively. I Decided I Wanted to be a Positive Influence,’ Says Director of Teaching Fellows at NC State Crystal Espey ’11, ’18MSA
Growing up in Fuquay-Varina with parents who are NC State alumni, Crystal Espey ’11, ’18MSA always wanted to be a part of the Wolfpack. A two-time graduate of the College...
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