Kimberly Morillo, an early childhood education major from Bethlehem, has always wanted to be a teacher. “I picked NCC’s early childhood education program because it is super hands-on and supportive,” she says. “You get to create such personal relationships with your professors and really get a feel for this career path.”
She enrolled at NCC because it was close to her home, affordable, and offered small classes in which she feels she learns best.
Morillo recommends that students coming into this program be ready to work hands-on with children and to be excited about the field. Incoming students should also understand that it takes love and passion to make lesson plans and form relationships with parents and professors. She tells students that the classes are fun and that they really will learn the material. “The professors are here to help you succeed. They are amazing, kind, patient, and understanding.” They have also helped her through some challenging times in her personal life.
After graduating this winter, Morillo will take some time off to care for her baby, born in March, and then continue her education at East Stroudsburg University. Her ultimate goal is to be a third-grade teacher in the public school system.
“My experiences at NCC changed me for the better,” she says. “I’ve grown so much professionally and learned so much about different cultures!”