Alumni Spotlight: Laytora Dash

July 7, 2021


Laytora O'Neal Dash has been a K-6 Teacher since 2007 and currently serves as a 3rd Grade Teacher at GW Carver Elementary School in Kannapolis, N.C. Her educational career started at the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 2004, UNC Charlotte Teacher Certification program in 2007, and Montreat College with a Master of Arts in K-6 Education. Laytora is a Spring 2020 graduate of UNC Charlotte's Academically and Intellectually Gifted certificate program and a member of both Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and a 2020 Javits-Fraiser Scholar of the National Association of Gifted Children. In Fall 2021, Laytora will begin her doctoral program in Special Education with a concentration in Gifted Education at UNC Charlotte. She currently resides in Concord, NC with her husband of 16 years, Deon, and their son, Deon Jr.

What is your name? What is your title? Would you please tell us about your time with the UNC Charlotte Distance Ed. programs?

Laytora Dash, 3rd Grade Teacher at GW Carver Elementary School in Kannapolis, NC. My time with Distance Ed. has been spent with the AIG certificate program.

What have you gained from continuing your education?

I always wanted to know more about how to reach my gifted students in the classroom. Participating in the AIG certificate program sparked my curiosity of learning more about my son's learning abilities as a twice exceptional student. 

Is there a particular achievement or contribution that you are most proud of that UNC Charlotte’s Distance Education helped you accomplish?

Being inducted to both Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies in Spring 2020 was an honor I did not expect. 

What do you think other people should know about your path?

I want people to know that no matter where you are in your life and career, you can take advantage of what Distance Education has to offer. Being a full-time teacher, wife and mom prepared me for success. Support from the faculty and staff along with the lasting relationships I gained from my colleagues has made this experience worthwhile! 

Why was the format of distance learning beneficial to you?

Distance learning was beneficial to me because I could easily adapt my busy life to include group projects, papers and lectures. Having a flexible schedule was super important to me and made the difference in my success.

 Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

I would definitely recommend UNC Charlotte Distance Education to anyone that wants to further their career goals and have busy schedules. Don't let current obstacles in your life and career stop you from achieving your goals!