Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education
Tracy Wylie was a wife, mother and holder of a Purdue University degree when she decided to return to school to redirect her career.
The Star City resident wasn’t deterred by the 90-minute commute from home or the fact that she had three children. Nor was she slowed down with her pregnancy and birth of her fourth child. She worked things out with her husband’s National Guard commitment, too.
Wylie earned her Bachelor’s degree Elementary Education with a Reading Addition from Purdue University North Central in December. Ideally, she would like to teach fourth or fifth grade students. She has her sights set on becoming a principal.
She already had a degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue when she started exploring career options that may best suit her needs and interests. Her mother and sister earned their Elementary Education degrees from PNC and the campus seemed like a good fit for her, too.
“I wanted something better for my children and family,” she explained. “I did feel it was important to get involved on campus to help make connections for jobs.”
And she was certainly involved in campus activities. “The list could go on forever,” she laughed. Here’s a sample of her activities:
Student Education Association president and co-president; Dean’s Leadership Seminar; Dean’s Leadership Group; finalist for the Indiana Campus Compact Richard J. Wood Service Learning Award; member or the Indiana Student Teacher Association Issues and Concerns Committee; Indiana Student Education Association Region 1 Representative; Indiana Student Education Association Outstanding Senior; Indiana Student Education Association scholarship winner; Legends scholarship winner; Outreach to Teach volunteer, member of the PNC Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee.
Off-campus she is a 12-year 4-H leader and a Junior Achievement Volunteer.
She and her husband have four daughters, Haleigh, 12, Katie, 9, Ryann, 5 and Taylor, 4. She was six months pregnant with Taylor when she started classes at PNC. And her husband in a member of the National Guard, which required him to be away from home off and on in the past few years, requiring her to be a single mom at times.
“The key to everything is time management,” said Wylie. “I refused give up. PNC became my home away from home. If you are waiting until you think you have enough money to go to school, you may be waiting a long time. Don’t worry, everything will come together if you keep your eyes and ears open. I became a pro at finding money to complete school and keep the house up and running. You can do it, too.”