Most people in the English field would like to teach literature, but not Courtney Edwards. Edwards intentionally teaches composition.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in anthropology. Though Edwards regrets not choosing anthropology as a major, she learned about the program too late into her degree.
She decided to become a teacher, because teaching came easily to her.
“At first, I wanted to be a Librarian,” Edwards said. “I always found myself in teaching roles after college. I knew that taking kids on backpacking trips wouldn’t last forever, so I decided to do something practical and go back to school.”
Edwards returned to school after eight years in the workforce and earned a master’s degree in rhetoric and composition.
Prior to teaching at Pierce College, Edwards was an English teacher at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colo.
After the birth of her daughter, Edwards and her husband decided that they wanted to relocate their family. They both began searching for jobs in the Pacific Northwest and made a deal: they would move into the area of the first job offer either one of them received.
Edwards accepted a position at Pierce College Puyallup. She hopes students in her classes learn to pay attention to how they communicate with others and how others communicate with them.
She offers advice to students wishing to become teachers.
“Read a variety of things,” Edwards said. “Talk to professors outside of class and write whenever you can.”
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