Maggie Lally ’22: ‘I Chose Education to be a Positive Female Role Model in the World of Technology, Engineering, and Design Education’

Maggie Lally ’22 loved her technology and engineering classes in high school and middle school, but she noticed there were not many female teachers filling those roles. She decided she wanted to be a positive influence in creating inclusive spaces for students in technology, design and engineering classes, and at the NC State College of Education, she took advantage of opportunities to build inclusive learning environments for others. Now, she hopes to further her goals by earning her master’s degree. 

Learn more about Maggie Lally

Hometown: Walpole, Massachusetts 

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education 

Activities (Research or Extracurricular): Inter-Residence Council president, undergraduate research through the College of Education, TEECA president, resident advisor (2019-2020), Inter-Residence Council vice president for media and marketing (2020-2021), undergraduate student ambassador

Why did you choose the NC State College of Education?

I chose the NC State College of Education because of the quality of the technology, engineering, and design education program and the resources and opportunities available to undergraduate students to get involved with the university. 

Why did you choose your area of study?

I loved my technology and engineering classes in high school and middle school, but rarely did female teachers fill these roles. I wanted to be a positive influence to help create inclusive spaces for students wanting to take technology, design and engineering classes. 

What do you hope to accomplish in your field after graduation? 

I hope to continue to build inclusive leadership opportunities and communities in educational environments. 

What’s your next step? What do you have planned after graduation?

I am planning to continue my work by pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration at Old Dominion University. 

How has the College of Education prepared you for that next step?

The College of Education has taught me creative problem solving, how to build inclusive learning environments and how to produce intentional lesson plans. 

Do you have a favorite memory from your time in the College of Education?

The TEECA East Conference in 2019 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! This was a great time where I was able to help plan and organize the conference though my undergraduate research position but also bond with my classmates.  

Tell us about an experience you had with the College of Education that had the biggest impact on you or your career.

Working with the College of Education Ambassador program showed me the importance of creating inclusive and exciting opportunities for incoming students to participate in while also working with students from across all the majors in the college that I normally would not be able to meet. 

Why did you choose education? 

I chose education to be a positive female role model in the world of technology, engineering, and design education.