Jordan Myers ’18 transferred to Appalachian State University from Rowan-Cabbarus Community College in 2015 knowing he wanted a career working with children. He said he has found a talented, supportive faculty and staff in the child development program in the Reich College of Education.
“The faculty are awesome. They know what they are talking about and are the best in teaching the material to their students…
“The way they greet you every day just puts a smile on your face, and they are usually always available when you need them,” Myers said.
Among his most beneficial experiences in the program was working on campus as support staff at Lucy Brock Child Development Center during the summer before his senior year. The center provides high-quality care to young children while serving as a professional development site for individuals planning to work with young children. Its model program reflects current recommended best practices and develops new and innovative practices.
“It helped me gain life experience for my future in this field,” said Myers.
After graduation, Myers said he would like to work either as an early interventionist or an itinerate teacher. Itinerate teachers visit children in their caseload in a variety of settings such as the home, early childhood centers, community-based programs or hospitals, as opposed to a traditional classroom.
Why should a prospective student interested in this degree choose to attend Appalachian?
“If you want to help children, then this is the place to be. You will be taught by top-notch faculty and staff who know what they are talking about and who have real life experiences in their respective fields. The atmosphere here at Appalachian is unbelievable and it has a great hometown feel,” he said.
Outside his major, Myers is a transfer student mentor in the office of Transfer Services, helping new and fellow transfer students adjust to life at Appalachian.