2018-02-10 / The Bullhorn

RCS tech director, working full-time, earns advanced degree


Earl Whittemore Earl Whittemore Roxboro Community School (RCS) Technology Director Earl Whittemore recently earned a master of arts in educational technology and an online teaching graduate certificate from Michigan State University (MSU).

This 2017-2018 school year is Whittemore’s second year as technology director at RCS.

Before this role, he spent his first three years at RCS teaching sixth grade social studies.

Whittemore taught at Southern Middle School for five years, switching between teaching language arts and social studies. He also has experience teaching civics, earth science, high school literature, writing, and grammar.

Whittemore also has degrees from multiple other universities: a bachelor of arts in communications from Wingate University, a master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a teaching certification from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Concerning recently earning his educational technology masters, Whittemore said, “I wanted to bolster my skill set so that I could serve the students and faculty of RCS at as high of a level as possible.”

He explained how he narrowed his search for the degree to two programs, North Carolina State University (NCSU) and MSU. MSU was in the top three nationally for his particular emphasis and he had always wanted to go to MSU.

“I lived in Michigan when I was little, and I have been a lifelong Spartan fan,” said Whittemore.

As a senior in high school, Whittemore got an application for MSU at his school in Anson County. However, his guidance counselor explained the concept of out-of-state tuition to him, he said.

“I was going to have a hard enough time paying for college. I was a firstgeneration college student that would be taking out loans, so that dream sort of died,” explained Whittemore. “This was an opportunity to become better in my role here and at least somewhat fulfill a dream I once had. I am referring to it as a dream deferred.”

Whittemore went to MSU for two weeks during the summers 2016 and 2017. His classes were from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and he was to do projects outside of class. The rest of his time, he did courses online. Whittemore’s commute to MSU takes about 12 hours.

He finished 33 hours of graduate work in a year and a half, taking six hours a semester and nine hours each summer. Whittemore managed to do all of this, including starting a new job and doing group projects with people hundreds of miles away and in different time zones, and finished with a 4.0 GPA.

“I did as well in the program as I could in case I want to go on to a Ph.D. My inclination at the moment though is that I like where I am and don’t really want to go anywhere,” concluded Whittemore.

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