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.
It took me a while to discover my passion for teaching. Once I knew this was a path I wanted to take, I searched for quality education programs that would keep me close to the mountains. When I heard of WCU’s reputation for producing well-qualified and passionate teachers and saw the beautiful campus, I knew it was where I wanted to be. I have never doubted that decision! Every course, every professor, and every experience in my program has fueled my desire to become the absolute best teacher I can be.
With a high interest in traveling and exploring new places, I hope to teach around the country and possibly the world. I discovered last semester that the opportunities to teach are endless! With faculty and fellow education majors, I traveled to Kenya and spent two weeks visiting and teaching in schools and learning all about their passion for education. This experience is another reason I am grateful for my decision to attend WCU. I was able to grow as a person and educator during this trip, and my desire to explore the world only increased.
Until I become a world-traveling educator, I am enjoying my last semester and taking in each moment I can. Every day is another day to learn, and I am thankful to God for all the moments, experiences, and people that help me grow.