Runda Alamour says a teacher is someone who challenges the way students think, and challenges them to ask the hard questions in life and seek out their own answers. And she should know. As a graduate of UNC Asheville’s Education Department, Alamour has brought her love of learning into the classroom as a student, and now as a teacher.
“UNC Asheville is unique in that you don’t major in education,” Alamour explained. “Rather you major in a subject area, and you take on a licensure.”
This setup allowed Alamour to major in a subject she was passionate about—literature—and also work towards her teacher licensure. She now brings that passion to her own students as an English teacher in Buncombe County Schools.
As an undergraduate student, Alamour was named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow by the national Campus Compact network—she was one of only three North Carolina students among the 201 nationwide to receive this honor. She was honored for her work as the UNC Asheville chapter president and the state president of the Student North Carolina Association of Educators. She has volunteered with the Urban Mentoring Academy, tutored middle and high school students and coached tutors in the AVID program at Asheville City Schools.
Learn more about Alamour and UNC Asheville’s Education Department in this “In Your Own Words” video: