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Jordan’s work leads to degree

From Hyde County Schools

Tekisha Jordan, North Carolina pre-kindergarten contract administrator for Hyde County Schools, supports teachers so they can provide the best opportunities and outcomes for the children served in the pre-K classrooms throughout Hyde County.

To best be able to support the teachers she works with, Jordan chose to further her education by completing an associate-in-applied science degree in early childhood education at Beaufort County Community College. She graduated May 1.

During the four years it took Jordan to complete her degree, she worked full-time for Hyde County Schools and raised a son. Her plate may have been full, but Jordan put her all into everything she did, especially her education. She consistently proved to her early childhood instructors that she was “good stuff,” the type of student willing to go the extra mile to ensure she was doing everything needed to be successful in her career. Instructors often commented that Jordan was the type of student to take advice or feedback and immediately incorporate it into assignments, work and her student-teaching experiences. Jordan was so successful in her early childhood course work that instructors allowed her to take part in a pilot program, Credit for Prior Learning, allowing her to get course credit for the experience she gained each day on the job as a pre-K contract administrator. Because Jordan was so successful creating portfolios to earn this credit based on assignments provided by her instructors, future students in early childhood courses will have the opportunity to get credit for work experience, cutting down the number of credits required to complete the early childhood degree.