Glenda Lambert, Ed.D.
Bachelor of Science & Master of Arts
Business Management & Elementary Education
Evaluation & Testing Consultant with Cumberland County Schools
Fayetteville, North Carolina
I was born in Conover, NC and spent most of my childhood years in Fayetteville, NC. I graduated from Douglas Byrd High School in 1984. I began my college education at UNCW in the Fall of 1984 and transferred to UNCP in the Fall of 1985. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Business Management in December 1987 and graduated the following semester. While at UNCP, I was an active member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority serving as Treasurer. I was also a Pi Kappa Alpha Little Sister. I returned to UNCP in the Spring of 1991 and completed the course requirements to obtain my teaching license in Elementary Education and also earned my Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. I completed the coursework for my Master of Arts in Elementary Education in June 1993 and graduated the following year. While teaching elementary school and raising two daughters, I attended Fayetteville State University from 1996 until 2001 in order to earn my Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Since graduating from UNCP and Fayetteville State University, I have taught elementary school, served as an assistant principal at an elementary school and currently work for Central Services in the Evaluation & Testing Department for Cumberland County Schools.
What was the most important thing you learned while attending UNCP
The most important thing I learned while attending UNCP is that a college education can be hard work, but in order to be successful a college degree is a necessity. After attending another UNC system school, I almost dropped out of college, but with the encouragement of my grandparents and my aunt, I continued my education at UNCP. While at UNCP, I immediately felt a sense of belonging and made many new lifelong friends. UNCP helped me to become a stronger more independent individual. The faculty at UNCP was always very helpful and encouraging. Due to the family-like environment and support at UNCP, I was able to earn my Bachelor of Science Degree, Elementary Education Teaching License and Master of Arts Degree.
What advice would you give to current or prospective students?
I would encourage current or prospective students to obtain a college degree in an area of interest. Many years ago, a high school education would help a person with beginning their career. In today’s world, a high school education is just a stepping stone. It is extremely important that students continue their education at the college level. Take advantage of every opportunity while in high school and college to enroll in courses that will benefit your future. Do the research necessary when looking at possible career choices and what is needed to acquire the skills for your career choice. The time you spend working on your college education can be the best time of your life. Once your college experience is over, the challenge of beginning your career, working and making a place in this world begins. Enjoy and take full advantage of your time at UNCP.