Chris feels that NCC gives students a great foundation for teaching. "Faculty are really grounded and can make the teaching come alive for students," she says. She tells students to think about what they love to learn about and what makes them curious, and that can translate that into teaching middle school students in a particular subject area. NCC students may be surprised about how many hours they get to tutor, teach and observe in classrooms and apply that to their coursework at NCC before they graduate. "Middle level teaching is unique. The kids need strong mentors and teachers who understand that they need guidance and are coming into their own. That's really an exciting place to be for many NCC students."