Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education
Graduated from PNC in 2000
Principal of Myers Elementary School
Jeff King earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Purdue University North Central because he wanted to make a difference in the lives of children.
As he describes it, he wanted to “equip them with the knowledge and skills they would need to be successful immediately, and as they grow up as well as in the future. Children need to know that they are loved, valued, appreciated and special. As a teacher I have a chance to do all of these every day.”
PNC introduced its Elementary Education program in 1984 and has granted 1,300 bachelor’s degrees.
King enthusiastically entered his profession, teaching fourth and fifth grade students in the Portage Township School Corp. In the fall of 2006, he greeted students in his current position as principal of Myers Elementary School in Portage. He does not attempt to hide his passion for his job.
“The most fulfilling part of my career is knowing that I have the opportunity to see 550 children each and every day, call them by name and emphasize to each of them the importance of school and learning. I am blessed with the opportunity to make curricular and academic decisions that improve what we do in the classroom; and as a result, increase the achievement of our students,” he said.
King graduated from PNC in 2000. Like many of our students, he chose PNC because it was close to home and has a friendly small-school feel. In the classroom he learned to become a teacher.
“All of the Education Department professors were extremely helpful,” he explained. “Countless times they would go above and beyond the call of duty to help me with a lesson or an assignment. Their classroom and educational experiences helped me better understand the ins and outs of the profession and their ideas gave me starting points for my teaching career.”
King can recite the names of the PNC professors who helped and inspired him. “The knowledgeable and dedicated staff works relentlessly to educate and prepare students for their careers. Thanks to them, the university exudes a warm and welcoming feel.”
He rates his PNC experience as “on a scale of 1 to 10, a 14.”
“The Education professors provided me with effective teaching strategies that I could use to meet the needs of all learners. I had unique opportunities to differentiate my instruction through the development of lesson plans, actual classroom teaching experiences and one-on-one instruction. My education, course work and field experiences prepared me for the educational demands and what I would encounter in the classroom daily.”