New Credential, New Job

Posted on November 05, 2020

Candace Woodell

After graduating from UNC Greensboro’s online Human Development and Family Studies program last May and passing the K–6 licensure exams, Candace Woodell got a job teaching second grade at W.B. Wicker Elementary in Lee County. Although she had 10 years of experience as a teaching assistant, this was her first time leading a classroom of her own.

She saw two immediate benefits. She no longer had to drive a bus — which she had to do as a teaching assistant, often taking her boys with her on the early morning routes — and because of her new credential and experience, she started at a higher salary. Her paycheck almost doubled.

“It has all worked out the way it was meant to be,” Candace says. “It was so worth it.”