2003 scholar fulfilling passion

Published 10:33 am Tuesday, June 6, 2023

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From the Davie

Community Foundation

Jessica Carson has learned a lot over the years,  and it led to her passion for sharing knowledge with others through education.

She was awarded the Davie County Crosby Scholarship in 2003 and attended Appalachian State University where she earned a degree in elementary education, graduating with honors.

She and her husband welcomed their first child at the end of her sophomore year. After graduating, she became a teacher at Mocksville Elementary, where she also completed her student teaching.

Her first year she taught third grade and then later moved to kindergarten (her true passion and where she ultimately wanted to be). She continued teaching kindergarten for seven years.

Two years into teaching, she had her second child and then four years later she and her husband welcomed twins. Jessica then decided to take time to be with her family for several years.

Now that her children are in school, she is employed at her husband’s accounting firm, Anderson, Smith, and Wike. She is able to use her elementary education background as she is auditing several school systems across North Carolina.

“Hard work and dedication will get you to where you want to be,” she said.

Her advice to youth in Davie? “Don’t let anything stand in your way of completing your degree. Focus on making good grades for four years and then you will be able to have that degree for the rest of your life.”