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.
As Middle Grades majors, we have many opportunities to work with young adolescent learners. In our early field experiences during sophomore year, we visit classrooms and observe teachers. In our program courses, we conduct shadow studies, visit schools, and begin to teach with faculty in methods courses. By the time we reach block semester, we are fully engaged.
Congratulations to Western Carolina University’s Inclusive Education (IE) majors! December 12, 2019, the IE majors enrolled in the course SPED 423: Teaching Reading to Individuals with Mild-Mod Disabilities, became the first successful candidates to receive certification for the NC State Improvement
Spring 2020 will see the return of the Language Enhancement and Afterschool Program (LEAP) to the Western Carolina University community. The LEAP was developed by the College of Education and Allied Professions (CEAP) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Western Carolina University (WCU) in partnership with Jackson County Public Schools (JCPS), Cullowhee Valley School (CVS) and Cullowhee United Methodist Church (CUMC) to provide a safe space for students in an afterschool setting, and also provide needed help with English language development.
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.
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.