"There is no feeling like that of knowing that you have made a difference for a student, no matter how big or small."

Kyndall Westerbeek

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

"I feel that with culturally relevant instruction, a deep understanding of student’s differences, and a loving classroom environment, all students, general education and special education, can thrive and reach their full academic and social potential."

Geralyn Evans

NC A&T State University

Elementary & Special Ed Major

"I want to become a teacher so that students have an individual that believes in them and pushes them to be the best that they can be."

Hannah Lewis

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

"I love teaching because no two students, no two days, no two moments are ever the same. It is exhausting, it is exciting, it is as challenging as it is rewarding."

Betts Webster

UNC Asheville

Elementary Education Major

“Teaching is going to be a fulfilling career in which I am able to have a positive, lifelong impact on the next generation in my community.”

Leslie Soesbee

UNC Asheville

Social Studies Education Major

"Be a teacher so you can spread knowledge and inspire students to do great things in their lives."

Connor Wilkins

East Carolina University

History Education Major

"Becoming a teacher is far more than just a job or a career, I will inspire young minds and help them achieve the goals that they set."

Katelyn Taylor

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

“I want to become a teacher to serve my community.”

Miguel Diaz

UNC Asheville

Biology Education Major

"Every student needs that one teacher to tell them you can and WILL do whatever you set your mind to."

Thomasina Fonville

UNC Wilmington

Special Education Major

“I want to impact younger generations. I love helping others, which makes my passion for teaching possible. I love seeing smiles on children’s faces whenever they are encouraged. I long to have students fall in love with learning as I did. As Albert Einstein once said: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Mikayla Potkay

East Carolina University

Teacher Education Major

"Teachers have such an important role in students lives, and I want to be that teacher that inspires her students."

Ruby Lauman

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

 

"I believe that children deserve to be educated by great teachers who care about them and meet their needs. I want to be the teacher to take part in shaping my students into the person they will eventually become no matter what life obstacles they are experiencing. I plan to be more than just an educator to make a difference in my students’ lives."

Fanica' Young

NC A&T State University

Elementary & Special Ed Major

“I want to cultivate a love and appreciation of science in adolescents and help them to find and be their best scientific selves.”

Kenzie Meadows

UNC Asheville

Middle Grades Science Education Major

"I want to make a difference. Teachers have the ability to shape and mold students far more than today's pop stars and global icons. I want to become a teacher because I want to be a part of the change I want to see in the world."

Tristan Hunter

East Carolina University

Middle Grades Education Major

"Teaching is the most important profession in the world because it creates all other professions. Teachers pass on knowledge and values to children, preparing them for the future."

Megan Sealy

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

Military and Veterans

Military Veterans Make Excellent Teachers

If you are currently on active duty in the military and plan to transition out of the service, or you’re a veteran seeking to transition to a new career, you should consider teaching as your new profession. Veterans have a reputation for being excellent teachers and outstanding role models for students. When school administrators recruit new teachers, they look for the leadership skills, experience, dedication, commitment, and maturity that veterans develop during their military careers.

The University of North Carolina has fifteen campuses across the state that offer teacher education degree programs that can help veterans earn their North Carolina teaching license. For more information on programs available, follow the link below to access the campuses teacher education websites.

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North Carolina Military Tuition Benefit

Members of the armed services, the North Carolina National Guard or military dependents, who live in North Carolina, but do not qualify as a North Carolina resident-for-tuition-purposes, may still be eligible to pay a reduced tuition rate if they meet the eligibility requirements for the Military Tuition Benefit. For more information about the North Carolina Military Tuition Benefit, follow the link below.

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Tuition Assistance

There are several programs that offer tuition assistance for qualifying military personnel, veterans and dependents. To learn more, visit the links below.

Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as a teacher in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed. Qualifying participants may receive up to $10,000 in incentives.

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GI Bill

The GI Bill is designed to help Veterans successfully transition from military to civilian life through educational attainment. The Post-9/11 GI Bill gives Veterans with active-duty service on or after September 11, 2001 enhanced educational benefits that cover more educational expenses and provide a living allowance, money for books, and the ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children.

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Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services help qualifying disabled veterans with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching.

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