What ATTP People Are Saying

My story begins like many others in the trying economy we've experienced in recent years. I lost my job with the company for which I worked just short of 20 years due to cuts made throughout the company. After that door closed, the thought of teaching kept running through my mind, but I had a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, not in Education. Not only that, I had two small children and a husband, which did not leave much time for studying, I thought. While researching my possibilities, I learned of Appalachian State University's Transition to Teaching Program through the Reich College of Education.

The curriculum gave me insight to teaching strategies and skills, classroom management, and in-depth study of my discipline, Business Education. This program gave me the opportunity to begin my studies and to fulfill my desire to begin a new career in teaching.

I completed my studies in May 2012 and am now teaching Business Education in the Catawba County School System. What a wonderful experience it has been to reach new educational and life goals!

Malinda B. Godfrey

Amanda Cooper Amanda Cooper is a graduate of the full-time/day-time BS Elementary Education cohort at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. She earned a Master of Arts in Educational Media, Instructional Technology Specialist, New Media & Global Education at Appalachian State University. Amanda is currently employed as the Transfer Counselor at Western Piedmont Community College. She says, "The Appalachian Transition to Teaching Program is dedicated to making great people into superior educators."
Matt Moser Matt Moser was a Lateral Entry Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School. He took his courses through the Appalachian Transition to Teaching Program. After twenty years in the restaurant business, he realized, "There comes a time in your life when you need to do what you're meant to do." From what his principal & his students say, it is clear Matt was meant to teach!
JoAnne Chase JoAnne Chase was a Lateral Entry Special Education teacher at Newton-Conover High School. She says, "A friend of mine asked me why I hadn't become a teacher. When I heard about the Appalachian Transition to Teaching Program, I knew it would work for me and it has! I couldn't have done it without the people at the ATTP." 
Terri Cochrane Terri Cochrane was a Lateral Entry Business and Marketing teacher at Gaston County High School in Gastonia, NC. She comments, "The ATTP Program helped me tremendously in making the life-changing decision to become a teacher. It took me from the business world and prepared me to be an effective teacher in the classroom. Every class was relevant and the professors were amazing."