Master of Arts: Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship
I want to found a modern-day, technology-infused Oakland Community School (OCS) for the most vulnerable students.
I love to create moments where people feel inspired, love learning, and stretch beyond their potential. Using my expertise in technology, design thinking, and the learning sciences, I aim to create human-centered and engaging learning experiences that spark curiosity and motivate people to be better – and do better.
I believe educators play a pivotal role in shifting mindsets and inspiring people to actively contribute to building real solutions for peace within their own communities. We cannot propel this world alone, and so I see myself as a catalyst for engaging people and empowering them to support and embrace each other, whether it be at work or at home. This means including even the most vulnerable communities in the conversation, and I believe that by leveraging technology, especially technology fit for low-resource settings, we can collaboratively ensure the right of education for everyone, equally.
My passion is developing opportunities to empower K-12 educators to find solutions to systemic problems within their own community. My work will focus on creating initiatives, resources, and opportunities to empower educators to create change within their own learning institutions, so that all students have equitable access to high-quality teaching and learning practices.
Caroline Taylor Brown
Amanda Da Silva
Bennett Taylor Dansby
Master of Arts in Teaching
Ashlyn Paige Barbee
I will propel the world by going into my classroom with the mindset to serve the whole child and family. I will work to incorporate culturally relevant and sensitive material into the classroom, ensuring that all students feel valued, safe, and supported.
Hannah Everett Entwistle
I will propel the world by supporting students in my future classrooms and educating the next generation of leaders. I hope to inspire, empower, and ignite passions in all who enter my classroom and ensure that every student knows that they belong and are capable of amazing things. The future of the world is in North Carolina’s classrooms, and I cannot wait to be a part of the change!
Sandrika Janeek Freeman
I will propel the world by being the best special educator that I can be for my students. I plan to advocate for my students and instill in them optimism and positivity as we go throughout the academic year and beyond. I intend to build upon my student’s background and prior knowledge because each student is unique, and they have the ability to contribute substantially to their education. As an educator, I intend to be a resource for my students to help guide them toward the path of success. I will propel the world by educating our future leaders!
Abigail Mae Gribble
I plan to propel the world by viewing each student as the whole child, including their strengths, areas of need, prior experiences, and interests. When we structure our lessons to build on the assets our students bring to the learning environment, students become more engaged in the lesson, allowing for deeper learning.
Sarah Allison Harper
I intend to propel the world by instilling in my students that they are all intrinsically capable of learning and achieving great things.
Raised by immigrant parents in predominately white school districts, I was challenged to navigate school systems with minimal language support and representation of Spanish-speaking peers and staff. Many students today continue to experience these same challenges, therefore, I aim to propel the world as a future educator by providing students and families with the representation, respect, and support they deserve both personally and educationally.
Kathleen Sarah Holder
I will propel the world by caring for and educating the future leaders of this generation.
Kathleen Michele Jusko
My goal is for my students to feel seen and heard within my classroom. Students must have their social-emotional needs met before they can engage in academics. My students will enter my classroom knowing that I will support, encourage, and challenge them to try new and hard things, and I will celebrate all of their victories, big and small. I will propel the world by fostering a positive environment in which students feel comfortable taking risks and being vulnerable in their pursuit of knowledge because they know I will support them along the way.
I will propel the world, one student at time!
Emily White Lawson
I have learned so much in my undergraduate and graduate time at UNC, but one thing has stuck with me: the only stupid questions are the ones unasked. I came to UNC as a shy person who did not know who I was or wanted to be, but through my programs, I feel confident in being the person that my students can come to with anything and ask those hard or uncomfortable questions. I will propel the world by creating a safe space for my students where we can grapple with ideas and have productive discussions, giving them all they need to be successful people in society!
Morgan Paige Whithaus Meyers
As a Carolina graduate, I will propel the world by being equipped to teach and guide my students well.
Carolyn Lane Mitlehner
I will propel the world by being a student-centered educator in my future classroom. I will facilitate discussion so that my students feel comfortable using their voices to create positive change in our world. I will bring in multiple perspectives through student voice, children’s literature, current events, and up-to-date curriculum that teaches more than just the single story. I will constantly reflect on my own teaching practices and seek to continue learning alongside my students so that I may continue to develop my own knowledge of pedagogy and best practices to meet students’ needs.
Alex Jose Ramirez
I will propel the world by empowering students to critique the white supremacist and capitalist systems around them and to work toward a world where we are all free.
I will propel the world by being informed and active based of the needs of my students, families, and community; by adapting my instruction to encompass and uplift the strengths and knowledge students bring to the classroom; by ensuring students feel welcomed and part of a community that cares for one another; by building a space to discuss current issues and support change that affect the individuals within our communities; and by creating experiences where students can use their thoughts, ideas, and voices within and beyond the classroom.
Briana Alexis Riegler
I strive to encourage elementary students to be generous and kind global citizens. I plan to provide them multiple opportunities to develop social and emotional skills in a safe and trusted environment. I will teach them to solve problems collaboratively and to play an active role in their learning. I hope to see all my students reach their highest potential!
Colin Fields Schreiner
It all starts in the classroom! One class at a time, one day at a time.
Caitlyn Anne Wallace
I will propel the world by teaching the next generation of leaders! I hope to inspire them to be fair, kind, and equitable and help equip them with the tools to be activists and make great changes in the world!
Claire Norvell West
I will propel the world by shaping the next generation of students to go out and make a difference in society. I will give them all the knowledge, guidance, and confidence I can to make sure they know they can do anything they set their mind to, including changing the world!
I will propel the world by making my classroom space of joy and love, where students are affirmed in their identity, inspired by their community of learners, and challenged to solve problems that are relevant to their lives.
Bailey Allgood (Add-On)
Haley Caroline Brown
Emily Nicole Chambers
Natalie Grace Daumen
Meredith Paige Hinshaw
Samuel Colt Holbrook
Brianna Nicole Klaver
Lillian Claire McCormick
William Oliver McLaughlin
Braxton Hunter Nelson
Bailey Allgood Queen
Ashley Parsons Rieker
James Michael Sapp
Hannah Rose Hagedorn Seidenberg
Katie LeeAnn White
Master of Education: School Counseling
Propel: To drive or move forward. How will I move forward? With the education I have received, I will move forward with a multicultural approach to counseling. I will move forward with the ability to learn and grow from the students I work with. I will move forward to hopefully make a difference for kids socially and emotionally. I will move forward and inspire change, ignite passion, and empathetically advocate.
Robert Calvin Beneze III
By guiding the students of tomorrow. Helping them grow and coaching them through life’s ups and downs. I came to Carolina and to this program because I truly want to help students grow and thrive both in and out of the classroom, and that is my biggest goal as I enter my role as a professional school counselor. The goal is ever-evolving and ever-changing and so my profession and my mindset will have to be that way as well. That’s how I plan to propel the world.
Victor L. Boles
I propel the world by working to bridge gaps of opportunity and accessibility. I will help foster a society that is more equitable and inclusive for all students and people. I will help create a world in which people live, thrive, and succeed.
Trevor Earvin Echols
School counselors have the opportunity to act as change agents within their communities. I believe through advocation and continuing to help students reach their goals that I can help propel the world. The students that I work with are the voices of tomorrow, and allowing them to find and use their voice allows them to also propel the world in a positive direction.
I will propel the world by promoting a positive and safe school environment that celebrates the unique differences and diversity among all students and staff members. Through RTI approaches of counseling, collaboration, and consultation, students will be supported academically and personally from K to 12th grade. Once exiting 12th grade, students will be prepared for 21st-century post-secondary success.
Kendall Ann LeRoy
I will propel the world by continuing to support the academic and social emotional growth of the students I work with.
Juliana Clarissa Manz-Siek
Advocacy, empowerment, and supporting students in exploring and using their strengths and passions!
Melissa Mary Monago
I will propel the world by working to support and empower all students because they are our future!
Christine Rachel Smith
I will propel the world by promoting successful educational environments for ALL students. As a school counselor, I will work to equip students with the academic, social-emotional, and college and career readiness skills they need to build a bright future and a strong today. Grounded in theory, equitable practice, advocacy, and collaboration, my school counseling program will propel students to recognize and use their strengths as motivated, self-directed learners with big goals.
I want to be able to help all students in achieving their personal, academic, and career goals moving from high school to post-secondary plans. It is important to be an advocate for all students in order to be a change agent in the education system.
Staci Marie Beerens
Mikalah Shaw Elliot
Master of Education for Experienced Teachers
Shahlaa Suliman Abugroun
I will provide good quality education for the children and support their families. Especially, for children with disabilities and from low-income families.
Lathanya Stokes Campbell
I will propel the world by influencing others around me, promoting & having confidence, helping find solutions to problems within my community and beyond, being purpose-driven, continuing to be a brain builder, creating and maintaining positive networks, continuing to educate & build the future, and spreading love.
I will propel the world by using my newly gained resources and knowledge to continue to voice for those who have not yet found theirs; and by actively leading in a way that undoubtedly incorporates diversity-, inclusion-, and equity-based actions.
Lee Anne Smith
The MEDX program has been an incredible experience! Not only has the coursework strengthened my teaching & ability to implement evidence-based practices in the early childhood setting, but having the opportunity to complete this program with a phenomenal group of women who have inspired & influenced me is simply indescribable. As we complete this program, I have been given an incredible opportunity to begin the Applied Developmental Sciences & Special Education Ph.D. program this coming fall. I am thrilled to continue my education at UNC and look forward to what the future brings!
Julie Kathryn Williams
I will propel the world by creatively solving problems and eroding barriers so that every child can access the high-quality interventions and education they deserve.
Alyssia Laquinn Dais
Nicole Alise Morris
Anastacia Brooke Newton
Rebecca Tatum Reid
Tarra Shardae White
Master of School Administration
Kylene Rae Carey
I will propel the world by continuing to empower students with the character traits, academic skills, and love of learning necessary for them to shape their own destinies.
Heather Marie Covington
I will propel the world by disrupting anything that does not provide the amplification or inclusion of all voices.
Shai Christian Cullop
I will propel the world by being an administrator dedicated to building and supporting a school environment where students are valued and can grow in an encouraging and safe environment.
Laura Michelle Holmes
I will propel the world by making schools better. More just and equitable. A place ALL kids want to be instead of have to be.
Brittanie Lashea Howard
I will propel the world by creating spaces that are more than “safe,” but that are protected.
Salena Meghan Howlett
As an educator, I plan to propel the world by focusing on creating firm relationships between students, family, community, and school, ensuring everyone has ownership in education. For my daughters, I plan to be a strong, female leader and role model. I want them to know that they can excel in whatever roles they choose.
Crystal Bennett Medlin
I propel the world by joining my fellow school leaders in identifying and removing barriers to learning for students and educators, opening opportunities for them to experience, grow, and reach their potential as life-long learners.
Dianna Sartor Robinson
I will propel the world by continuing to advocate for students of color and the incredible contributions they add to any learning environment. I will educate the world that change takes place one student at a time regardless of race, gender, cultural background or socio economic status and I will empower ALL students to become the change agents for the next generation.
Amber Nicole Young
I will propel the world by ensuring that all students, specifically those marginalized groups who do not have a voice, have an advocate and champion in me — someone who will fight for equity and social justice every day.