Longtime teacher Natasha Tyson Wall ’95 (above, left) makes a special effort to encourage her high school students to attend college – but not just any college. Wall, who says she has long cherished the connections she made at WCU more than 20 years ago, enjoys pointing her students toward Cullowhee. “In my career, I believe I have had roughly 15 or 20 students to attend or graduate from WCU,” she said. Wall is the ninth-grade honors history teacher at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology in Charlotte. She previously taught in Stanly County for 17 years.
Outside the classroom, she is an actress who has won multiple awards for performances in stage productions in Charlotte and Davidson, but she considers her WCU diploma – and close ties maintained with several professors through the years – to be her great accomplishments. Now she has another big reason to revisit campus. Wall’s daughter, Hannah-Kathryn Wall (above, right), also a singer and actress, enrolled as a freshman for this fall semester. “The WCU School of Stage and Screen was her first and only choice,” said mom. “I am regally proud she was accepted. I did my job!”