EdAmbassadors Perspective

From our high schools to our colleges: First-generation in North Carolina

This week, EducationNC is spotlighting perspectives from those we are thankful for: our students and our educators. Follow along as we share the stories of first-generation college students and five educators at Catawba Valley Community College.

About the authors

Formally trained in digital journalism, Greg Asciutto teaches and manages English department operations at Garinger High School in Charlotte. Outside of the classroom, Asciutto works in the field of poverty alleviation, specifically as it intersects with public mental health and homelessness. As a North Carolina native, his vision is to build regional partnerships that foster economic opportunities for at-risk youth and their families.

Jacey Macdonald is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012 with a B.A. in German and Anthropology. After moving to North Carolina in 2013, she earned her Master’s Degree in Middle Grades Education from East Carolina University. Macdonald currently teaches seventh grade Language Arts and Global Studies at Daniels Middle School in Raleigh, NC. Outside of teaching, she enjoys reading, travel, baking, and spending time outdoors.

In 2012, Ana Cunningham began to teach high school English at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. Since then, her love for her students and the passionate drive to ensure they receive the most enriched and enlivened education has only grown. In six years, students have become her family, inspiration, and her hope that the world can be a better place. Cunningham is a staunch advocate that students must gain the cultural capital necessary to leverage their stories to all realms of society to ensure that decisions that impact them and their families do not happen in isolation.

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