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Cory Hogans: 1989 NC Teaching Fellow

Posted January 25, 2019 5:00 a.m. EST
Updated January 25, 2019 6:24 a.m. EST

Cory Hogans: 1989 NC Teaching Fellow

This interview was conducted by email as part of a series on teacher diversity in North Carolina.

What years were you a Teaching Fellow, and what college did you attend?

I attended NC A&T SU in Greensboro, NC, where I received my BS in 1993. I was in the Teaching Fellows class of 1989 and was a Fellow from 1989 to 1993.

Why did you apply to be a Teaching Fellow, and how did the program affect your life?

I learned about the program via the Public School Forum’s communication effort in the early days of the program. My family gained awareness of the program in 1987. I was inspired by my high school English teacher to become a teacher.

What have you done since college, and what are you doing now?

I taught high school for 6 years and now serve as a school principal. I received my master’s and doctorate from NC State.

Why have you stayed in (or left) teaching?

I continue to be passionate about education; serving as a school principal has enabled me to work on a programmatic level in regards to that passion and interest.

What advice do you have for colleges hoping to recruit more people of color and men to study teaching?

I would recommend that colleges/universities target high school programs with high populations of students of color and market their education programs directly to the top 20 percent of the sophomore/junior/senior classes of these schools.

I would also recommend that colleges/universities partner with organizations like 100 Black Men of America to further target marketing efforts to the focus population.

What advice do you have for schools hoping to retain people of color and men as teachers?

Engage staff in diversity training to build capacity of schools to respond to the service and professional development needs of people of color and male teachers.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Education is a rewarding field that continues to be personally fulfilling for me, provides me with a life of the mind and allows me to continue to work in service of my community. I believe it can be so for others like me as well.