In my classes, one of the activities the students enjoy is introducing themselves based on the letters of their names (i.e. a mnemonic), so I’ve adopted that approach for my introduction.
My “official”, i.e. work, name is Dr. Presnell or Dr. P, however, my first name is Kara, so I’ll use that to describe myself: KARA (K) Kind (A) Articulate (R) Restless to travel (A) Active.
- K: KIND I’ve rescued pigeons, turtles and dogs from the middle and sides of the road, volunteered at the Humane Society, and am a foster parent.
- A: ARTICULATE I’m well-read and well-spoken; I know lots of big words like “ubiquitous.”
- R: RESTLESS TO TRAVEL I’ve been to 15 different countries and can’t wait to go again.
- A: ACTIVE I enjoy teaching, exercising, reading, and traveling.
I have two children, a 4 ½ year-old daughter named Brennan and a 2-year-old son named Matthew (whose adoption will be final this October!). I am a foster parent in Catawba County and have been for six years. We have one pet, a cat named Callie, and am looking (but not too hard) for a puppy, having lost my two dogs within the last year. I’m active in my church and with foster parenting groups.
I have been teaching since 2000, when I began as an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University from which I earned my B.A. in Communication. I received my Master of Arts from Bond University in Queensland, Australia. I have been a full-time professor/instructor since 2006, beginning at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky. In 2008, I earned my Ph.D. from Regent University and began teaching at Wingate University in 2009. I have taught at WPCC since 2011. I love to travel and have been to 15 countries including Australia (where I lived for a year), Denmark, Jamaica, and Russia.
My teaching philosophy is student-centered. In addition to striving to ensure that students learn the fundamental content of the courses I teach, my objectives as an instructor include: fostering critical thinking skills; facilitating the acquisition of lifelong learning skills; and students to function as highly skilled, effective and competent communicators in work, home, and community communications roles. My overall teaching philosophy is based on active student learning (which literature indicates strongly influences student-learning outcomes) and assessment procedures, which, again, literature indicates strongly influence student acquisition of knowledge.
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