Why I Teach - Quincey L. Daniels, PHD

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In the field of education, many people who have been through brick and mortar schools talk about collegiality. Will I be a part of a great learning community at this institution? That big question was answered for me when I began working at NCU.

I taught online elsewhere for several years, but never gained a sense of comradery, something I missed as an ex-army officer.

In an online environment, it can be difficult to bring everyone together. At NCU, focusing on the mission and the one-to-one model works. In my 12 years of working in an online environment, I have been able to meet colleagues and work with administration much more than at any other institutions. 

When you start working at a new place, at first you meet a few people and you are welcomed, but are you really welcomed? Here, I felt welcomed. People will tend to do more and be more supportive in a welcoming environment.

Much of online learning can feel like you’re isolated (is there someone on the other side of the screen?). I’ve had conversations that ranged from academic to just a talk about how your day is going.

I can attest that we always do our best to serve students. The mission was easy for me to get behind. 

I come from a long line of teachers. Thanks to some genealogical searches, I know my relatives were teachers in the 1890s. My great-grandfather and at least one person from every generation since has been a teacher. The goal always seems to be passing knowledge on to the next generation.

I relate my experiences to what my Upward Bound director told me,

“Yes, you grew up in places that many would have not made it through, and I saw something in you that said yours will not be the typical life… So when you have the opportunity to help others, you do so. If you can do better, then be better.” 

That is what education does for people—it changes their lives, and if you are lucky to be a part of it, then you have found your place. NCU is the right fit.