Alumni Spotlight: Corie Maffett

Corie is a recent graduate of the Reich College of Education, having received her master's degree in middle grades education with a language arts concentration. She currently works for East Forsyth Middle School as a sixth grade science teacher. Hailing from Waldorf, Maryland, Corie graduated with her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Winston-Salem State University in 2010. After beginning her teaching career, she decided to work towards her master's degree.

"Many of my teacher colleagues were graduates of the Reich College of Education and encouraged me to apply," explained Corie. "The hybrid mix of distance education and face-to-face education provided an excellent balance for this working teacher and mom."

Corie is a member of the Cratis D. Williams Society, captain of the EFMS Racing Ravens for a Cure team, and chairperson of the social committee at her school. In her spare time, Corie reads and travels. She also loves spending time with her husband, Guy, and children, Kelsey (21) and Carter (17). She is currently pursuing her AIG Certification from Duke University.

We got the opportunity to speak with Corie about her passion for teaching, her advice for future students, and her experiences in the College.

What is the most valuable lesson you learned in the Reich College of Education?

"I learned the importance of forging both personal and professional relationships. My cohort members and professors showed me that being an educator is far more than just being a teacher. They assisted me with developing my educational philosophy, which has provided a catalyst for my teaching career."

What is your advice for current or future students in the Reich College of Education?

"Attending Appalachian will prepare you to be the teacher you need to be today and the one that you will need to be in the future."

What was your favorite class or instructor in the College?

"Anything taught by Dr. Tracy Smith! Seriously, my favorite classes were CI 5550: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents and CI 5850: Middle Level Curriculum."

What has the "real world" taught you?

"Until graduate school, I really did not understand the specific needs of the adolescent learner. The Reich College of Education prepared me to be a "middle grades" educator, for which I am extremely grateful."

Why is education important to you?

"Being a lifelong learner is contagious! I want to be a role model for my students that education is important. I want to be the best teacher possible and if there is a course that can help me achieve that, I'm going to take it! I haven't ruled out going for a Ph.D in the future, but it will have to be at Appalachian!"

Corie Maffett
Published: Dec 20, 2014 1:16pm