Graduate School Alumni
Inspiring young people to aspire
William Evans' paternal grandmother taught elementary school for 36 years, and nine of her 10 siblings went into education.
Even though that impressed him, a career within education was not his first thought when considering college.
“Chemistry was my favorite subject in high school. Originally, my plan was to go to pharmacy school,” Evans says. “I was looking for universities that had that program. UNC was my first choice already because of the size of the University and the opportunities and diversity on campus. I was awarded the Pogue Scholarship, decided to attend UNC and never looked back.”
In his first year at Carolina, Evans became involved with the Minority Student Recruitment Committee and found that he enjoyed recruiting students to attend the University and, more specifically, that he enjoyed working with young people. Going into his sophomore year, he changed his major to secondary education. He performed his student teaching at Jordan High School in Durham and loved the experience but found the most fulfillment in helping students with the college application process.
“That led me to want to be a counselor,” Evans says. “It was rewarding because I was helping students determine their futures. With teaching, you are helping them learn material – which is certainly excellent and important. Being a counselor is helping them recognize their individual goals and plan for their futures. That process of putting together that puzzle was something I enjoyed doing.”
Evans entered the School of Education's school counseling master's program right after his graduation. As a part of the program, he served an internship at East Chapel Hill High School, which led to a full-time counseling position after he received his master of arts degree.
He remained at East Chapel Hill for 10 years and pursued his school administration licensure from North Carolina Central University. An internship at Durham Technical Community College's Middle College High School led to his current position as dean of students at the high school, where students have the opportunity to complete their high school diplomas and take college classes at Durham Technical Community College at the same time. He credits several factors – including his mother, who raised him, and his graduate education at Carolina – for enabling him to be in a position where he can introduce young people to opportunities they may not have thought possible for them.
“My graduate degree from UNC has enabled me to inspire and protect hundreds, if not thousands, of teenagers,” he says. “As a high school counselor/dean, I have been in a position to encourage and usher students toward a college education who otherwise did not believe in themselves or think that it was possible. …Without my graduate degree from UNC, I would not be in a position to do these things.”