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Education Master’s Program Helped Cary Teacher Become More Effective

As the West Cary Middle School’s Teacher of the Year, Alumna Mia Small has used her online master’s degree to empower her students to achieve their academic goals.

Working as a teacher, Small needed a program that was flexible.

Mia Small was named West Cary Middle School’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year.

Due to my busy and demanding work career, online classes allowed me the flexibility I needed to juggle work life and educational goals,” Small said. “In terms of searching for a degree program, I was looking for a program that would enhance my current profession and fuel my passion to improve students’ literacy skills.”

Additionally, Small said she needed a degree program with a solid academic reputation and NC State became her number one choice.

Small earned her Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction: New Literacies and Global Learning degree in May 2016.

“My degree has helped me become a more effective educator,” Small said. “The reading strategies, technological tools and guidance from my professors have contributed to increased student achievement.”

Her efforts to improve the lives of her students have been noticed. Small was selected by her peers as the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year at West Cary Middle, due to her dedication to empowering her students to excel academically.

If you are interested in continuing your education, check out the College of Education’s graduate programs offered through NC State Online and Distance Education.