When Jason Sarnowski ’22MED, a nuclear engineering technician at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, was trying into incomes his grasp’s diploma, he initially thought of making use of to an internet MBA program. But the extra he considered it, the much less interesting it sounded. Especially when his daughter, Allyson Sarnowski ’22, was incomes her bachelor’s diploma in center faculty science schooling with an English as a second language add-on licensure on the NC State College of Education.
In the Navy, Jason Sarnowski labored on nuclear submarines earlier than retiring as a senior chief nuclear electricians mate after 20 years of service. His ardour for all issues STEM was a continuing within the Sarnowski family when Allyson was rising up.
“He literally has a 3D printer behind him in his office,” Allyson Sarnowski stated. “So just having that, that’s our normal.”
So when her dad started to think about a Master of Education in STEM as an alternative of an MBA, she informed him, “Dad, you just need to go ahead. You need to do this.”
Jason Sarnowski determined his daughter was proper. He utilized and was accepted into the NC State College of Education’s Master of Education in STEM Education program with a focus in Engineering and Technology Education.
“I wanted to be an example for my children to always want to learn something, so when I went looking for my master’s degree, and I ended up picking education, my daughter didn’t really know that she was really the inspiration for me,” he stated.
Now, in May, each Sarnowskis will graduate from the NC State College of Education with their respective levels.
“It’s going to be cool,” Allyson Sarnowski stated.
While they’re incomes separate levels, they’ve each had the chance to realize data, expertise and a way of neighborhood by their time within the College of Education.
For Allyson Sarnowski, that occurred as a Teaching Fellow and as a member of Students Advocating for Youth (SAY) Village, a residing and studying neighborhood that connects NC State college students with underserved Okay-12 college students for after-school mentoring and the place she met numerous her mates.
“Living in the same dorm and having the same interests with these people, I still talk to them today,” Allyson Sarnowski stated. “They’re people that I would talk to in 10 years.”
For Jason Sarnowski, it occurred by his interactions along with his classmates, both just about or, earlier than the pandemic, in-person.
“[Without this program] I never would have met such a diverse group of professors or students working in teams to reach a common goal, with each person respecting each other’s values and input,” he stated. “It was nice to see a creative side I didn’t know I had in me, and others in the group helped bring that out.”
While Allyson attended courses in individual and Jason accomplished his courses on-line from their dwelling in Currituck County, they’d keep in contact about what was occurring at NC State and discuss what they had been studying of their courses.
“Even though I didn’t pick technology education, I still learn about it every time I come home,” Allyson Sarnowski stated. “Maybe I should get a second degree in it, just to have it. We learn stuff from each other every day.”
“We have so much in common now, and when we talk about things, we’re excited about them,” Jason Sarnowski stated.
Allyson Sarnowski can be excited for her subsequent step, as a classroom trainer. She stated gaining classroom expertise early in her time at NC State, by Teaching Fellows and SAY Village, in addition to having the ability to go on the We Teach for NC Spring Break Trip in japanese North Carolina, ready her nicely when trying for her first job.
“It showed me where I actually wanted to be in school and what I wanted to look for in a school,” Allyson Sarnowski stated. “That was a big thing for me, just getting in a classroom early, so I actually felt prepared to apply and interview for a job before I graduated, to actually feel like, ‘This is what I want to do, and this is where I want to be.’”
Where she needs to be is again in japanese North Carolina, the place she might be a science trainer on the Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies, a public constitution faculty in Elizabeth City. She has already had a chance to substitute educate on the faculty and is planning to launch a Science Olympiad there.
Jason Sarnowski, who was launched to quite a lot of new applied sciences and gained an in-depth data of grant-writing by his program, stated he hopes to take what he realized and launch a First Robotics or First Lego League program in Currituck County, as a part of an effort to carry STEM experiences to the realm.
He’s additionally trying ahead to seeing what his daughter does subsequent.
“I just see the passion that education brings to her, and I’m hoping that that passion continues because I’m just excited about that too,” he stated. “I can’t wait to see what she does in school and how she helps young learners become brilliant people.”
As Allyson Sarnowski prepares to show, she’s already enthusiastic about how she will be able to encourage her college students the identical method she and her father have impressed one another.
“He’s always trying to set an example for us and being a teacher, that’s kind of what you’re doing in your own classroom,” she stated. “I think I’ve learned that from him.”
But first, they’re each trying ahead to their upcoming commencement.