When Mary Stallings
first enrolled in college, studying to become a teacher wasn’t in her plans. However, after two years at an engineering school and undergoing a medical procedure to have her kidney removed, the Louisville native had time to reflect on her studies, through which she realized that her true passion was education. In order to save money, Stallings moved back to her home state, which ultimately led her to Northern Kentucky University, where she studied middle grades education
—specifically math and science.
Looking back at her time at NKU, she finds it difficult to pick just one favorite professor. She cites Bethany Noblitt, Shawn Faulkner, Sarah Kasten and Kim Yates as instrumental in her college experience but particularly enjoyed her classes taught by Dr. Noblitt, associate professor of mathematics and statistics.