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Laura Davidson

e-mail: ldavidson@wpcc.edu

Photo of Laura Davidson at a zoo with a baby giraffeHi! My name is Laura Davidson, and I’m an English Instructor here at WPCC. I’m from Granite Falls, North Carolina.

I didn’t plan on becoming a teacher when I began my undergraduate education at Montreat College, but my professors’ enthusiasm for their jobs influenced me to begin considering this path for myself. I also didn’t intend to be an English major when I started my college career, but I quickly realized that I wanted to enroll in every English class in the Academic Catalogue. I’ve always been an avid reader, and I can think of nothing better to do than discuss literature and writing all day long. I graduated summa cum laude from Montreat College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts, a concentration in English Literature, and a desire to become a college English Instructor.

After graduating, I was employed full-time at a furniture store in Hickory, North Carolina, while I searched for graduate schools to attend. I began attending Western Carolina University (WCU) in 2015. While there, I had the opportunity to work as a Graduate Assistant. This position gave me a chance to get my feet wet in the classroom through observation while also working in the campus writing center. During the second year of the program, Graduate Assistants were given their own English Composition classes to teach. My time as an instructor at WCU helped shape my teaching philosophy and gave me further confirmation in my belief that I am meant to be a teacher. I graduated from WCU in 2017 with a Master of Arts in English and a concentration in Literature.

After graduating, I was approached by one of my former professors from Montreat College about teaching as an adjunct instructor. At Montreat, I taught several sections of English Composition as well as a World Literature class.

I have found great joy in seeing my students succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. I strive to promote a student-focused classroom with opportunities for class discussion, creative moments, and self-reflection. I always encourage my students to look back on where they’ve been during the course of the semester so that they may notice how much they have learned about the class subject and themselves.

I am a lifelong learner, and I actively seek to gain knowledge in different areas in my life. I believe in the power of education, and especially English classes, to change lives and provide opportunities for all people to better themselves and their futures.

Outside of the classroom I can be found doting on my three cats: Sybie, Gatsby, and Zelda. I enjoy reading, cooking and baking, gardening, and watching Netflix. I am a notorious fan of the Carolina Panthers and am usually screaming at my television during games. I also enjoy a good cup of Earl Grey tea with milk and sugar. I love to travel internationally, and so far, I have visited England, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, and Ukraine. Next on my travel list are Scotland and France.

 


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