“I have always wanted to teach, my poor sisters had to endure my ‘summer school’ sessions over every summer break growing up,” comments recent Clayton State University graduate Ashley Rice of Stockbridge, Ga.
Realizing this was her dream early in life, she got right to work after high school, enrolling in ClaytonState and working hard to complete her B.A. in Middle Grades Education. She made the Dean’s List three times within the last two years, truly dedicating herself to the degree. The concentration areas of her degree were science and language arts.
Immediately following graduation, Rice had an interview with StockbridgeMiddle School. During the interview the principal expressed great interest in the fact that Rice was a ClaytonState graduate; it was even a primary reason he pulled her application for an interview. Rice explains that he went on to say that ClaytonState prepares future educators better than any other school around.
“He said that he has worked with many ClaytonState graduates and since we have an awesome program he was sure that I could handle the job,” says Rice.
Despite heavy interest in her from Stockbridge Middle, Rice recently accepted employment as a third grade teacher at Walnut Creek Elementary in HenryCounty. This is the same school where she completed her student teaching.
“I really wanted to teach middle school but, thanks to ClaytonState, I am certified to teach early childhood as well. I got a job with the school I did my student teaching in and just couldn’t pass up the opportunity at such a great school,” exclaims Rice.
Rice was very impressed with the University’s education programs long-term internship and placement assistance.
“ClaytonState did an excellent job of setting us up in a year long experience that greatly impacted my success throughout my undergrad,” says Rice.
Rice, who is currently engaged, explains, “my fiancé and I were very excited to find out that I had gotten a job so quickly out of college!”
In accordance with her passion for teaching, Rice works during the week as a horseback-riding instructor.
“I have a horse of my own and love teaching others about horses and horseback riding,” Rice exclaims.