- BS, Secondary Education, Social Sciences Concentration – ASU (2010)
- M.Ed, Educational Leadership- Student Personnel- East Tennessee State University (July 2015)
What clubs, sports or experiences were you involved in in college?
While I was at ASU I was part of the ASU Men's Club Soccer Team for 2 years as a student. It was a great experience for me to meet new people and connect on a different level other than in class. After I graduated I volunteered as the Coach of the Men's Club Soccer Team for a season which was a wonderful chance for me to lead and mentor some younger students, some of which I am still in contact with today!
Why should students in the Appalachian region consider going to college?
College is important. Not just for the credentials to obtain a future job (which is IMPORTANT), but for the experience of being part of a college campus and experiencing the different people, faculty, staff, and the overall culture of the school. Also, education is something that can never be taken away from a person, but it is something that can be passed along to others. Being able to bring that education and experience back into the Appalachian Region is important not just for economic growth, but for the cultural growth of the region as well.
What is one piece of advice you might be able to offer a middle or high school student?
If I could give advice to a middle school or high school student, it would be to not give up when mistakes happen. Because they will happen in all different parts of life. It is important to build off of mistakes, and use them not as a stopping point, but as a springboard and a new beginning.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new"- Albert Einstein