Chair, Advanced Instructional Studies, MAT Coordinator
Charlotte Wright believes that teaching is a “calling.”
“Since I was a little girl, I have wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “It is a profession that allows you to see the seeds of your labor, and you get the opportunity to see students grow and prosper.
“We touch lives every day. I teach based on a motto of compassion. While my teaching style is more authoritative in nature, I believe in providing the opportunity for students to have choices and be engaged in the learning process.”
Wright earned her bachelor’s degree in business economics, and entered a Master of Arts in Teaching program. Her first teaching job was in a fifth grade classroom.
“I knew that I had a passion for working with students with special needs, and I eventually moved into teaching special education,” she said. “In 2011, I graduated with a doctorate in special education and started at Henderson State in the fall of 2011 in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Teachers College.”
Wright became coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in 2015.
“This program is near and dear to my heart, giving that I, too, have a MAT degree,” she said.
Earlier this year, Wright took on the added duties of chair of Advanced Instructional Studies.
Wright urges her students to “just keep pushing forward.”
“My new motto that I share with MAT candidates is ‘just keep swimming,’ from the movie Finding Nemo,” she said. “I have truly had to embrace that motto many times since coming into the teaching profession. You will have tough days, but the next day may be the best day of your life, because we make a difference every day when we step into the classroom.”
Wright believes teaching is the “best job in the world.”
“It is a tough job, but anything in life worth having may require some hard work, and teaching is no different,” she said. “We touch lives every day. How many people can say that?”
Coming from a family of police officers, Wright said she would still be a teacher if she hadn’t gone into the teacher education field.
“My father was a police officer, and my sister is a state trooper. I would want to work at the police academy teaching new police officers,” she said. “I really believe that teaching is what I was truly meant to do regardless of what field it is in, and police work would have been my second choice of professions.”
Wright said teaching is a profession that is sometimes misunderstood.
“I think most people outside education think that it is an easy job because we get summers and holidays off. What most people don’t realize is that we are one of the most educated professions,” she said. “Most teachers have additional degrees beyond their bachelor’s, and we spend a lot of our time in the summer bettering ourselves and our teaching through professional development and course work.”
Wright has a plaque in her office that reads, “A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart, and shapes the future.”
“Teachers lay the foundation of every other career,” she said. “I think that makes my colleagues and I pretty amazing.”
Wright is an avid reader and particularly enjoys stories that teach life lessons. Her favorite author is J. California Cooper. Wright also likes to travel and explore new places.
Advanced Instructional Studies
Degree and School:
Doctorate in Special Education, Regent University
• Preparation of effective teachers
• Including students of diverse needs in general education classroom
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