Posted December 15, 2017 – Teaching major Ramey Sullivan, who is graduating with a 4.0 GPA, will represent the University of Houston College of Education during the commencement processional Friday.
Sullivan, one of the banner bearers, said the six years he spent in the National Guard – including a nine-month deployment in Egypt – helped him buckle down in school.
“Being in the military makes you see the value of education,” said Sullivan, 27.
Sullivan is among the roughly 265 College of Education students graduating Friday as part of the fall 2017 class, prepared to work as teachers, principals, psychologists, counselors, health professionals and other academic leaders.
“I am so proud of all our graduates,” said College of Education Dean Bob McPherson. “I know they have the power to be leaders in their field and will make a difference in the lives of countless children and families.”
After starting college elsewhere as an engineering major, Sullivan said he realized teaching math would be a better fit.
“I really wasn’t enjoying what I was doing, but I was enjoying explaining things to people,” Sullivan said. “I figured if I enjoy explaining it, it makes senses to teach it.”
Sullivan, who has a passion for middle school math, said he also was inspired by his aunt, Sheila Sullivan, a 40-year educator. Working as a student teacher in the Pearland Independent School District confirmed he made the right decision.
“There’s something about just seeing it click with students when they grasp a concept,” Sullivan said.
–By Ericka Mellon
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