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Meet Instructor Mariam Elias '17, '20MED, '24PHD: "I want my students to always remember to work hard, accept failure, bounce back and keep trying."

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Mariam Elias ’17, ’20MED, ’24PHD will join NC State College of Education as an instructor in the Department of STEM Education for the 2022-23 academic year.

Elias is a former math teacher at several international schools and the Wake County Public School System and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in STEM Learning and Teaching in the field of study from the University of Education’s Engineering and Technology Education Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology, Engineering and Design Education and a Master of Education in Technical Education from the University of Education.

In the following Q&A, she discusses why she chose a career in teaching, why she decided to pursue a PhD, and what she hopes students will learn from her.

The following Q&A has been edited for clarity.

Why did you choose a career in teaching?

social impact. Everyone needs someone who believes in them. I had teachers who influenced me as a child and helped shape who I am today. By choosing a teaching career as an educator, I have the opportunity to inspire, motivate, and encourage my students every day to achieve their goals. and excitement about learning, and to inspire the next generation of students with a passion for discovery.

What made you want to pursue a PhD?

A few years ago, when I had the chance to step into a classroom for the first time as an undergraduate instructor, I was completely hooked. I made this my career and knew without a shadow of a doubt that I would have to work to get my PhD.

What are your research interests?

My research interests include teaching in the digital age, content delivery in higher education, and examining the characteristics of educational content knowledge (PCK) in online distance learning in North Carolina. Content Knowledge (CK) is something that many people develop in grade and graduate school. Likewise, we usually have extensive pedagogical knowledge (PK), or knowledge about education itself. Both content and pedagogy were seen as one equivalent body of knowledge, where content is what is known and pedagogy is about how to teach it.

What sparked your interest in those topics?

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges to the higher education community around the world. A particular challenge was the urgent and unexpected demand for online teaching of college courses that had previously been conducted face-to-face. Teaching and learning online implies specific content knowledge (PCK), which is primarily concerned with designing and organizing better learning experiences and creating unique learning environments with the help of digital technologies. To do.

What moment or project are you most proud of in your academic career?

Graduation with highest honors: summa cum laude. During my journey, I faced many obstacles and challenges. The road was not easy for me. With four kids, getting a degree is a bit of a challenge. However, teaching has always been my passion and it has helped me focus on working hard to get my teaching degree and license. can exceed.

what is your teaching philosophy?

I have learned that compassion is a key ingredient to being a great teacher. Teachers are great when they care about the lives of their students beyond their specific class. I am a firm believer in providing real-world motivation before presenting a concept.The theme of my educational philosophy is to help students use critical thinking and answer based on reasoned thinking. The next challenge is to keep the students interested once the topic is motivated. Learning correlates strongly with levels of engagement.

What do you want your students to learn from you?

Do not give up. I want my students to always remember to work hard, accept failure, bounce back, and keep trying.

What makes a person an “extraordinary educator”

Educators looking for ways to challenge their students to be the best they can be. Extraordinary educators are able to make a difference, care, adapt and have a positive impact on the lives of their students.