Q: What led you to want to earn a doctorate degree?
A: The challenge and I wanted to become a more knowledgeable educator.
Q: What phase of the program are you in?
A: Coursework and Internship.
Q: If you are currently interning, please share the location and a brief description (100-250 words).
A: I interned this summer at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Va. I helped create and provide a two-day teacher in-service about the museum and how its offerings can benefit students and educators. It was an amazing experience to see how non-traditional education can benefit people. I had the opportunity to be a part of the curatorial team, and I provided tours throughout the special exhibit to school groups and helped with the musical instrument lesson titled "Banjo Bingo." This experience was invaluable and truly helped me see how much I enjoy non-traditional education and want to pursue a career in this facet of the educational field.
Q: What are your current research interests/projects/grants?
A: Information literacy, instructional technology, non-traditional educational methods.
Q: What is your current job title and location?
A: School Librarian/Media Specialist at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, NC.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Appalachian State University?
A: Too many things to list. I love App. My professors are amazing and my cohort has been the best. I love this program. It has made me a better learner and a stronger educator.
Q: What’s your favorite quote?
A: “Breathe in, breathe out, move on” --Jimmy Buffet (I think Buffett coined this. I know he sings a song about it.) All we can do is keep breathing and do our best. It’s how I am handling a demanding job and the doctoral program plus my personal responsibilities. It’s a lot, but I handle it one breath at a time.