What made you choose ECU?
ECU is known for its teacher education program. In fact, East Carolina University began as a teacher training school. I also wanted to attend a university/college that wasn't too far from my family. My orientation weekend really sold me on ECU. I had a blast and met so many new people. That was in 1999 ... And I still bleed purple and gold today!
What would you tell a prospective student about ECU?
CHOOSE US! East Carolina University is an experience of a lifetime. It is a school of excellence that strongly promotes service. In these, your most critical years, ECU will serve as a springboard for your academic and professional development. Once you are here, be serious about academics, be an active member of the campus community, and make sure you use the resources that are available to you. If you do those things, success will be inevitable.
As someone who graduated from ECU and worked as a teacher, how do you feel ECU prepared you for your career?
When I graduated from ECU in 2003 with my undergraduate degree in education, I was more than prepared to enter the workforce. In fact, I was taken out of my internship early to take a full-time teaching position in the middle of my senior year. The College of Education really prepared me. I was a teacher leader immediately at the school where I taught, and so I was positioned to take on additional roles and responsibilities, and that’s why I decided to return to ECU for my master’s degree in school administration.
Now that you are in graduate school, how is that real-world experience helping you?
Having experience as a teacher is incredibly helpful to me as I prepare to become an administrator. I taught in Pitt County for about four years, and did dropout prevention with at-risk teens who were on long-term suspension from school. I also taught algebra in Edgecombe County, so I know the problems that teachers face, I know the struggles that students go through, and the concerns that parents have. I feel like my experience helps me ask better questions in my classes and just be a better student.