A Little About Me…
My name is Kendra Andrews and I hail from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. I recently completed my second of four years in my doctoral program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media and now it’s the summer of studying for preliminary exams.
My primary area of research lies at the intersection of pedagogy, critical literacy, technology, and systemic forces. For my dissertation research, I will be taking a critical eye toward technological literacy by employing qualitative research methods to explore the systemic forces that may increase or decrease the “technology gap” or “digital divide.” By observing the methods employed (or not employed) in writing programs, high school classrooms, and community endeavors to bridge this gap, I hope to develop realistic programs that will bring these different communities together in a collective goal.
I’ve been working in all types of classrooms since 1998, but spent most of my time teaching high school and teaching college writing. I believe that teaching has the greatest power to do the most good in this world and I am really excited to see how technology can be a tool for change.
When I’m not teaching, writing, or reading, I enjoy spending time with my family and my old puppy whose favorite past time is napping. I also enjoy running, cycling, and swimming and would like to start doing triathlons again. I have a vintage record console player with a rather extensive vinyl record collection and too many books to fit on my shelves.
WORDS I LIVE BY
John Wesley on purpose:
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.
Ralph waldo emerson on success:
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
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I have so much respect for someone who can’t wait to teach again,after being in the trenches. This truly is commitment to making the world a better place for all us.