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Why I Teach: ‘Teachers inspired me to teach’

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Kendra Faulkner, information technology instructor at Wilson Community College, is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.

“All of my former teachers inspired me to teach. I saw their passion for teaching, learning and inspiring students to better themselves and change their situations.”

Education: Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science, Computer Network Professional Graduate Certificate (Louisburg College, N.C. Wesleyan College, Nova Southeastern University, East Carolina University); industry IT certifications (CompTIA A+ and Network+, Palo Alto Cybersecurity Essentials and Cisco Certified Network Associate)

What do you teach? Information technology; Cisco Networking Academy

How long have you been teaching? 20 years

Do you have a success story to share? Several of my most successful students were from backgrounds and had experiences entirely different from information technology — including banking, sales, plumbing and trucking. These students blended their natural curiosity for technology and desire for change with a strong work ethic and positive attitude to begin new careers in information technology. The community college system worked for them!

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