Teresa Townsend – CCC&TI Instructor“I love this place. The people here truly care about the students and that’s what makes all the difference.”
Teresa Townsend worked for most of her adult life in a furniture factory in Lenoir when a lay-off turned her world upside-down. Although she was shaken, she says that the opportunity to go back to school excited her and she knew that getting her education was an opportunity she couldn’tpass up. After attending one of the college’s Directions events, a large scale job and resource fair for dislocated workers, she decided to explore her options. Townsend says someone from the college contacted her and set up an appointment for her to meet with a CCC&TI administrator. Townsend came to campus and met with Dr. David Shockley, then Vice President of Student Services, who sat down with her individually to discuss how the college could help her reach her goals. “Dr. Shockley took the time to talk to me that day, took me on a campus tour and even helped me get supplies in the bookstore,” she says. “It made me feel so good to know that he was taking his whole day to sit there and talk with individuals. I felt like I already had someone pulling for me right off the bat.”
Townsend says that after starting classes at CCC&TI in the Computer Information Technology program, it didn’t take long for her to realize that many of her instructors at the college cared about her and her success. “I learned pretty quickly that my instructors cared about me, most everybody here cares about the students. I had people standing behind me who wanted to see me do well and succeed,” she says. “Their encouragement carried me through many semesters.” As a student, Townsend excelled, winning scholarships and the college’s Academic Excellence Award, serving as president of CCC&TI’s Business Club and Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and treasurer of the college’s Ambassadors. Townsend says her club involvement and leadership activities
helped her figure out a path for her future.
“The clubs and student activities that I participated in boosted my self-confidence and leadership skills and helped me realize that I could be a teacher,” she says. After graduating in May of 2008, Townsend has moved on to a part-time instructor position as CCC&TI, teaching courses in Basic PC Literacy and Integrated Software. She is planning on continuing her education and hopes to eventually teach full-time at CCC&TI. “I love this place,” she says. “The people here truly care about the students and that’s what makes all the difference. I hope that by teaching, I can help inspire my students the way my instructors inspired me and help them reach their goals as well.”