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April 21, 2022

Teaching & Education

Student Spotlight: Allen Brown Sets His Sights on a Teaching Career

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming May 2-6, 2022. Did you know that WGU’s Teachers College has more than 1,100 graduates and more than 700 students currently enrolled in North Carolina? This month, we’d like to highlight a current Teachers College student.

What is your name and what is your hometown?

My name is Allen Brown. I’m originally from Ayden, North Carolina and now reside in Raleigh.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

 I grew up in North Carolina and went to Pitt Community College and North Carolina Central University where I played football. I thought I’d have a career in sports but I’ve done a little bit of everything over the years. I do music professionally and am the founder of Mysfyt Music in Raleigh.

What drew you to the field of education?

I come from a family of educators, including my grandfather and my mother. I will be a fourth-generation teacher. It’s something that’s in me. I’m blessed to have certain gifts and feel I’ve been called to be a teacher. I feel that where I am in life, this is where I’m supposed to be.

How did you hear about WGU?

I saw a commercial about WGU and researched best options for education degrees. WGU stood out to me as being online and for the support they provide to students. I was at an event at the Rowan-Salisbury School System and I saw the reverence that WGU had among the staff there.

What degree program are you enrolled in?

I first enrolled as a secondary mathematics major, but right now I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I hope to graduate in late 2023 or early 2024 after I do my student teaching and get my state license.

How has your experience with WGU been so far?

It’s been nothing but a blessing. It’s tough, but it will make you the best teacher you can be. My mentor, Joanna Davis, is wonderful. I love that she keeps me accountable. She’s someone who keeps me in mind as an individual and is someone whose brain I can pick because she has experience as an educator.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I’d like to work at a Title I school because that’s something I’m familiar with. I know I can make a difference. Eventually, I’d like to get my master’s degree in counseling and help kids envision a bright future for themselves.

What would you tell someone who has never heard of WGU or WGU’s Teachers College?

I would tell them it’s the best online college. If you have a passion for teaching, this is where you need to be. I have experience with several online schools and WGU has the most structured and balanced curriculum I’ve seen.

Thanks to Allen for participating in this Q&A. We wish him continued success in his studies. WGU’s Teachers College currently offers 40 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, and offers numerous scholarships including the Become a Teacher Scholarship and the WGU Loves Teachers Scholarship

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