Michael Rex has hopes of teaching skills that go beyond the classroom
In his spare time, Michael Rex loves to solve math problems. "I always did well in math," he says. "I realized from tutoring my friends that I could teach it."
This insight inspired Michael to take education courses with the goal of continuing his education at Kutztown University, where he plans to study secondary education with a concentration in math. He is enrolled in "Education for All Students" and "Introduction to Special Education."
Michael's favorite part of the education curricula is observing classrooms at all levels. He says, "I've observed educational techniques at NCC's Reibman Children's Center and enjoy seeing these followed at higher grade levels."
"Teachers have an important role in society," Michael notes. "They not only teach how to solve math problems and to write an essay; they also teach social and communication skills and everyday activities, such as doing taxes and grocery shopping." He believes a strong teacher helps mold a well-rounded student.
A recent recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa All-Pennsylvania Academic Team scholarship, he started out at NCC as a dual-enrolled high school student from Northampton Area High School. Wanting to get a head start on his higher education, he took English I and college algebra as a high school senior, earning 15 credits. Having enjoyed these classes, he decided to earn an associate degree at NCC. He has found the College to have a welcoming environment and to offer excellent courses at a comparatively low cost. "If NCC offered a four-year degree in education, I'd stay here," he says.