What made you choose ECU?
East Carolina is known for its exceptional College of Education, and I knew my life-long desire to become a teacher would be possible as a student at East Carolina. Besides, my brother and sister were also Pirates and who was I to break the family tradition!
What made you decide to major in special education at ECU?
I initially came to ECU intending to go into a health-related career, but I quickly found out that it just wasn’t for me. I obtained a job as a habilitation technician for students with disabilities in the community, and from there, I learned techniques and found characteristics within myself that allowed me to help these individuals. I really became interested in helping people do things that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do on their own. It’s a challenge, but it’s also so rewarding to see these students and individuals be able to achieve so much.
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher. But sometimes when you are growing up, you get all kinds of advice about what you should be, about which job pays better, which major will give you the best opportunity. And I, just like a lot of people, fell in that line. But I’m also an example of how you can follow your dreams and be successful. I switched to education and I believe it can be just as prosperous as any other profession if you are happy.
What is the special education program like at ECU?
ECU is the center of help not only for students like me who are training to become special education teachers, but for all of the special education students and classrooms throughout eastern North Carolina. East Carolina University serves as a resource center for assistive technology to enhance communication within classrooms, and our developmental labs help enhance area students’ fine motor, communication, and adaptation skills. A lot of the work that is done in the community couldn’t happen without the tools that ECU provides and the faculty who are preparing the next generation of special education teachers.