Meet Martha Trimble,
Martha is our September Alumni Spotlight and current teacher in the nearby city of Blowing Rock, where she teaches 4th grade at Blowing Rock Elementary. After vacationing in Boone and Blowing Rock growing up, Martha was familiar with the area, but never anticipated it would be a place she would call home. She attended Appalachian State for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees and was recently named the Blowing Rock Teacher of the Year.
Originally from Kernersville, Martha arrived to campus in the fall of 2007 and began studying Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics Education. Time management and living a balanced life allowed her to succeed in the classroom. “I’m always going to have classwork (as a student and teacher), social life, family, and personal things to deal with. I learned to multi-task, motivate, and prioritize. It’s better to stay ahead than fall behind.” College can be a trying time for young adults as they figure out what they want to do in the future, what kind of person they want to become, and it can be overwhelming. “My undergraduate experience made me into the strong individual that I am today”. Heeding her own advice Martha has learned to persevere through the difficult times and flourish in the career of her dreams. Her advice for future students in Reich College of Education, “You are going to have your ups and downs; you’re going to have struggles. Isn’t that life? If education is your true desire, then nothing can stop you. Live the same life that you would want your future students to replicate.”
“My undergraduate experience made me into the strong individual that I am today”
Susan Colby, Chair of Curriculum and Instruction was one of Martha’s professors in graduate school. She remembers Martha as, “an engaged student with much to offer her classmates during our teacher leadership and school reform course. Her knowledge base and broad experience provided her with an invaluable lens for advocacy and leadership in schools. It is fitting that she was selected Watauga County Teacher of the Year!”
We are so very thrilled for our alumni and all that they accomplish as they enter the careers they work hard to obtain. Congratulations, Martha for your award and leadership in the classroom. The Reich College of Education could not be more proud!