Kristine Gooch is from Monroe, North Carolina, and graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in elementary education. During her time at UNCP she was treasurer of Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honors Society, a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society, and was a Tutoring Program Assistant for the university. Along with being a member of the Honors College and various honors societies, Kristine was proud to travel to Belize to educate children. For Kristine the Honors College was rewarding because it gave her community that supported her, encouraged her, and introduced her to her best friends.
For Kristine’s senior project she focused on classroom management and the effect it has on student behavior. She conducted research by studying the effects of assertive and cooperative discipline with three sample students. She studied the data to see if students reacted better to assertive or cooperative techniques and how this directly affected the student.
After graduation she secured a teaching position in North Carolina. After three years of teaching she hopes to attend graduate school to receive her master’s degree in education administration. Her greatest memory at UNC Pembroke was traveling abroad to Belize to teach students. Kristine said, “the work may seem hard at times but it is worth it!” She advises honors students to work hard and stick to it.
Thesis: Positive and Negative Reinforcement Related to Student Behavior in a Classroom Setting
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kelly Ficklin