BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Tempestt Adams always knew she wanted to be a teacher. It was during her own high school experience, taking career preparation courses in computerized accounting and principles of business, that she discovered her passion to teach classes that could directly impact students’ college and career choices.
Now an assistant professor in Appalachian State University’s career and technical education (CTE) degree program, Adams said she is excited to prepare future teachers who will lead their students on a journey of exploration.
“Career and technical education is comprised of 16 career clusters nationally,” Adams said. “Any career field is likely to be linked to one of these clusters. I am motivated to help students across K–12 be exposed to these possibilities so they can make more informed college, career and entrepreneurial decisions.”
Adams teaches classes that apply to CTE in general, as well as to Appalachian’s CTE concentrations in business, marketing and entrepreneurship education (BMEE) and business, finance and information technology (BFIT). The CTE program is offered by Appalachian’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Reich College of Education.
Adams said she was eager to join Appalachian’s CTE faculty in 2017. “When I learned that Appalachian was the only university in our state where students could pursue a degree in career and technical education, I was sold. I was excited about the program’s goal of being the premier choice for students interested in teaching in the field and am happy to be a part of the program’s growth,” she shared.
“I am interested in how we train and support future and in-service teachers and how we can rethink our approach to schooling,” continued Adams, who employs research-based techniques in her classrooms.
In her research, Adams seeks to uncover answers to these questions:
- How can teachers be better prepared to serve students in ways that are more relevant and effective for them?
- How can it be ensured teachers are cared for in this work?
- How can it be ensured all students have positive learning experiences?
- What are public perceptions of career and technical education?
- What is college and career readiness?
“My classes are all about future readiness,” Adams said. “It is my hope that my students can see the real-world applicability of the course content and its utility, even when the classes have ended.”
The Reich College of Education at Appalachian offers seven different concentrations for its CTE degree — both on-campus and online. Graduates of the CTE undergraduate degree programs may choose to enter the industry as teachers at the middle and high school levels, or as trainers or instructors at community colleges, career centers or cooperative extension agencies.
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About the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a broad range of comprehensive degree programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels. The department seeks to provide quality programs that emphasize the integration of academics and field experiences. Learn more at https://ci.appstate.edu.
About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina. Learn more at https://rcoe.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.