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RCC grad reaches for teaching career

Charity Schattschneider

Inspired by her Rogue Community College instructors, recent graduate Charity Schattschneider is pursuing a career as an educator.

Schattschneider will transfer this fall to Southern Oregon University where she will study biology and prepare to become a middle school science instructor. She praised her RCC math and science instructors, crediting them for stirring her interest in education.

“When teachers are happy and excited about what they’re teaching, it makes it much more fun for the students. You want to know what they’re so passionate about,” she said. “I haven’t had one instructor at RCC who wasn’t great,” she added. “They all have expertise and knowledge about what they’re teaching.”

Schattschneider graduated June 15 from RCC, receiving an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree at Rogue’s 42 annual commencement.

Now 33, Schattschneider went directly into the workforce after graduating from high school in San Diego County where she grew up. Nine years ago she and her husband moved to Oregon where she worked as a cashier and cleaned medical offices to help support her family.

“But I got tired of fighting for minimum wage jobs,” she declared. “I wanted a better life for my family.” Three years ago, looking to open new doors, she enrolled at RCC. Having been out of school about 12 years and not the best of high school students, she was apprehensive.

“I wasn’t sure what I was getting into,” she recalled, laughing. At first she took classes half time but soon saw that college was a good fit. She worked as a peer tutor for TRiO/Student Support Services, participated in the program which assists and received a TRiO scholarship.

“TRiO was very helpful,” she said. “I learned a lot about the transfer process and got to tour universities.” Schattschneider blossomed at Rogue, graduating with a 3.6 GPA and earning accolades from college administrators like Colletta Young, TRiO/SSS program director.

“Charity is an outstanding student, warm and cheerful,” Young explained. “As peer tutor, she was always ready to share her knowledge and ready for a new challenge. She’s dedicated to reaching her goals.”

Schattschneider says her husband, Kris, provided support and encouragement while she attended RCC. “When I had homework he’d take the kids and keep them distracted,” she said. Her son, 10, and a daughter, 8, also are proud of her accomplishment.

“My kids were excited about graduation,” Schattschneider said. “Seeing their mom accomplish something like this inspires them. They’ve seen my journey.”

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