Name: Marith McMahon
McMahon accepted a position teaching 3rd grade at High Point Friends School. While teaching, she will also taking graduate courses in the evening at HPU to complete her master’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Literacy.
How HPU helped you get there: “I owe my successes to the holistic education that the university has blessed me with. The most significant part of my undergraduate career at HPU was the opportunity for experience. My professors in the School of Education have prepared me for the demands of 21st century education. The Career & Internship Services department tremendously aided me in preparing my professional resume and cover letter for employment. The care, positivity, and encouragement at High Point University is outstanding.”
Most impactful professor at HPU: “Mrs. Debbie Albert is the professor who has impacted me the most. She has become not only a teacher, but a mentor, and a friend. Her passion for learning is just incredible. I am so appreciative for her continuous time. Mrs. Albert’s office door is always open, and she has helped me to see that determination and drive promote success. I was fortunate enough have Mrs. Albert as a professor for three of my undergraduate courses, and as my university supervisor for student teaching. She demonstrates a teaching style that is meaningful and purposeful, and so much of what I do in the classroom represents the beliefs she has instilled in me.”
Most impactful moment at HPU: “My induction into the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honors Society was one of the most significant experiences I have had at HPU. I worked extremely hard for my acceptance into the School of Education, and then to be a Dean’s List student, and I could not have asked for a better way to end my undergraduate career in education. This impactful moment in my life is a result of the empowering experiences and environment at the university.”
M.Ed Master of Education
Post-graduation plans: Springer accepted a position teaching sixth grade at Phoenix Academy charter school in High Point. While teaching, she will also be completing a Masters of Education with a concentration in Literacy through HPU’s graduate school.
How HPU helped you get there: “My education at HPU was crucial to me being offered a job at Phoenix Academy. Education has always been my passion, but my professors took me in as an excited freshman and taught me just how much there was to learn and how much work ethic it would take to be a successful teacher. They not only taught me the material, but they made me think about it, and apply it in my student teaching classroom. I was taught how to make meaningful connections with my students and that made all the difference in how I taught my them. My professors pushed me to make me the best teacher that I could be, and shared their passion for teaching and learning with me. I don’t think I would have the thirst for knowledge that I can now share with my students if my professors had not helped me develop it in an academic way.”