Arts & Sciences


Kristi Farley


Photo of Kristi Farley with her familyHello! My name is Kristi Farley. I teach College Transfer Success, otherwise known as ACA 122.

I have been a member of the WPCC community for nearly thirty years. I began taking classes at WPCC right out of high school and, later, completed an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration. The degree provided valuable skills and knowledge that helped me develop as an employee. I discovered I loved learning, particularly in the classroom setting, and felt a strong desire to continue my education. Like many students, I was also working and had a young family. The idea of continuing at a four-year university seemed too difficult a challenge at that point in my life.

Eventually, I became a member of the WPCC staff. I began as an Accounting Specialist in the Business Office and later moved to Academic Affairs as the Academic Programs Coordinator. Surrounded by higher education, I felt a strong aspiration to move forward with my own education. I just needed to take that first class and get over the hurdle of doubt. I found that completing my Bachelor’s was not as daunting a task I as once thought. While working full-time at WPCC, I was able to complete my B.S. in Business Administration at Gardner-Webb University and later my M.B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

In 2020, I was given the opportunity to become the Coordinator for the Academic Success Center (ASC), which included teaching ACA. Although teaching has been an interest throughout my life, I had concentrated my career on the business side of education. Teaching ACA now gives me a platform to share my experiences to assist others in their education.

My educational journey has provided me more than just the knowledge learned from books and lectures. It has made me realize that we are all works-in-progress. Education does not stop when the books close. Education is part of life, and we are all lifelong learners. My role as an educator in the classroom is to meet a student wherever he or she is in that growing process and make the path of learning a little less complicated.

On a personal note, my husband and I enjoy spending time with our adult daughters. We are often entertained by our pets, Sadie Cat and Stormy Kitty. For fun, I like watching movies, painting, and researching genealogy.

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