In the College of Education and Allied Professions (CEAP), we are all about making a difference in the lives of others. We endeavor to develop #changemakers who impact the region as educators, administrators, and other professions, both in schools and other professional community settings.
My name is Jessie Whitman and I am a 3rd-year school psychology student at WCU. I am currently completing my National Associate of School Psychologists (NASP) required internship in Greensboro, NC with Guilford County Schools (GCS). I was born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina and started attending WCU in fall 2013.
I currently serve in the role of grades 6-8 English Language Arts teacher at The Catamount School, operated by WCU. In addition to my responsibilities of learning with my amazingly creative, talented, wonderful students at TCS, I have the pleasure of also teaching college students in the methods of language arts course in the spring.
Dr. David de Jong, Assistant Professor of Psychology. After a 12-year career as a bicycle messenger and then owner of a courier company in Toronto, I started college at the age of 31. In my 2nd year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, I got hooked on research and then completed my Ph.D. in social-personality psychology at the University of Rochester.
I am a senior in the elementary education program at Western Carolina University and have a minor in English. I moved with my family to western North Carolina in 2008 but grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. While missing the hustle of a large city, I quickly grew to love the beautiful mountains and slower pace of life I found in the small towns around WCU.
Growing up in the Dix Gap community of 1920s Cullowhee, Katherine Brown Wells had a front-porch view of Western Carolina University as it evolved from start-up high school to junior college to full-fledged four-year institution. But she didn’t just sit and watch the action unfold. She immersed herself in it.
University Participant '19 - Andrew (Drew) Havemann Konitzer graduated from the University Participant (UP) program in the Spring of 2019. He moved into an apartment in his hometown of Shelby, North Carolina after graduation where he is the master of his domain. Living independently has taught Drew to care for himself and maintain his home. He is responsible for preparing meals, housekeeping, and doing his laundry on the weekends.
My name is Eduardo Fabian Moreno and I am originally from the Hendersonville area, now living and practicing as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC.