Laquita Wright earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from North Carolina A&T State University and her MBA from Mercer University. She has been a Grand Canyon University instructor for three years. She has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Financial Management.
Laquita has held leadership positions with companies in a variety of industries. It is this experience that she brings to the classroom that gives her students real-world relevance in what they are learning. She also encourages students to use their own workplace experiences as it relates to the course material as a method to promote a collaborative learning environment.
Laquita lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband. They have three daughters who are ages 14, 11, and 6.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
I believe teaching gives an opportunity to touch the lives of others. It gives me the opportunity to share my learning experiences as well as gain from the unique perspectives of my students. As an educator, I feel that I should continually learn and gain knowledge in my field. Teaching online courses at GCU allows me the opportunity to share and learn in a collaborative environment.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
Through my own academic experiences I have realized students learn and process material very differently. As an educator one of my goals includes providing interactive ways for my students to learn. I encourage my students to become engaged in the learning process. One method of doing this includes allowing students to apply learned material to real world situations and current events. This gives students a sense of relevance in their education. When students find relevance in what they are learning they are able to retain what they learn.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
I recently worked with one student who was taking her first class in her master's program. She was new to the online environment and found it challenging from the traditional classroom setting that she was accustomed to. After a few phone conversations and emails we were able to identify and resolve any issues that were causing her to be apprehensive. This gave her the confidence she needed to be successful in the class.