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2021 Commencement Information
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Education Profiles

co-bradenasbury.pngBraden Asbury '20
Elementary Education major

"I chose this as my major because I feel as though I belong in a school.  This is not just from going to classes every day, but from extracurricular activities and friends as well. My teachers made school feel like a second home, and I wish to pass that feeling forward to a new generation of students."

co-huggins.pngLeah Huggins '19
Secondary Education Minor;  Literature Major; Member of the Catawba Softball Team

"I chose the Secondary Education minor because I am extremely passionate for the youth in our society. It is my goal to care for and give my future students the tools to be successful, active citizens. With this minor, I have also received valuable social skills that will transfer into various fields."



Karla Fragoso '19
Educational Studies Minor

"I chose the Educational Studies minor offered at Catawba because it enables me to have a perspective of the teaching profession just as those who are majoring in the education program. One of the things I love about this minor is that I can start teaching while working to obtain my professional education licensure."


co-karriker.pngPatrick Karriker '16
Music Major with a minor in Special Subject Areas (K-12)

"Learning about professional behavior and student teaching were the most beneficial parts of the program for me."




co-gallup.pngRachel Gallup '16
Elementary Education Major; Employed as an Elementary Title I Interventionist (K-5) in Spotsylvania County, Va.

"The hands-on learning. From the very beginning, we were in a classroom learning through experience.  Sometimes there’s no better way to learn to swim than to be thrown in the deep end! We were never unprepared, though.  The professors in the Education Department ensure that you are ready before you teach at all.  It is a wonderful balance between teaching and learning."

Chris Money '15
History and Education Double Major

"My advice to a prospective student is just to take time to breath. Sometimes we get caught up getting our work done or just going day-to-day, but sometimes you need to just relax and breathe."

After graduation, Chris plans teach high school social studies and look into advanced degrees in history. 


co-janaburkhardt2.pngJana Burkhardt '14
Middle School Education Major; SGA Executive President '12-13; a member of the Women's Golf Team; Resident Assistant

"I majored in Middle School Education with concentrations in Social Studies and Science. I want to teach at the middle school level because the students are at the point where they can be still creative and they are beginning to form their own opinions. They are fragile, and I want every person who comes through my classroom door to know that no matter what, they will have someone who is invested in their success. Learning can be fun and interesting, and without a doubt I will make social studies a class that students look forward to. I do not see myself in any other career path.

"I chose Catawba because of the opportunities the West Scholars program had to offer. I am from Ohio, so this program gave me a family to join from the moment I stepped on to the campus. I know that when it comes time to look for a job, the professors in this program will help me to do so. While I love where I am from, I intend to stay in North Carolina for the rest of my life to fulfill my passion as an educator."

Employed as 6th Grade Science and Math Teacher, Team Lead, Science Department Co-Chair, and Student Council Advisor at Rolesville Middle School in Roseville, N.C.

Jana Burkhardt '14 
Middle School Education Major; SGA Executive President '12-13; On the Women's Golf Team; Resident Assistant 

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