Patsy L. Pierce, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Wake County Technical Community College;  Former Legislative Analyst, NC General Assembly

Adjunct Professor,
Wake County Technical Community College;
Former Legislative Analyst,
NC General Assembly

What is the best career decision that you have made?

In a broad sense, I think that the best career decision for me was to “never say no.”  Whenever asked to do anything in any of the positions that I have held, I have always said, “Okay, I can do that,” even though I wasn’t always sure that I could.  I’ve had the opportunity to travel to many different countries and help them to establish programs for young children with disabilities, just because I have always said, “Sure, I can do that, ” and then worked hard to turn those opportunities into teaching and learning success stories.  In a more specific sense, it was a wise career choice for me to obtain as many degrees and certifications as I could in my field of early childhood special education and literacy.

If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently?

I wouldn’t “sweat the small stuff” so much, and let negative people deter me, as I sometimes did in my different positions.

How have women helped further your career?

I have been so fortunate to have a long-time friend and mentor Dr. Pat Porter, with whom I continue to work, even in retirement.  I worked for her and with her in several different positions, and she has always been so supportive.

 

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