From the Students: Christian University at Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb's Christian foundation is important to students
in unique ways. Hear from current students about what it means to them.

Jonathon Rhyne, Freshman Marketing/Journalism

“I know that on my bad days, I am loved by a bunch of people who I don’t even know… Here, people do care about you, and they don’t even have to know your name.” (More)



Hannah Ray, Sophomore English

“Everything falls under that umbrella of 'Why are we doing this?' and a Christian University has the responsibility to do it because they’re trying to glorify God in all that they’re doing.” (More)


Jeremiah Hamby, Senior Psychology

“It’s more than going to Church on Sunday; it’s living in a community of Christian believers in everyday life and being intentional, being vulnerable with them, and the atmosphere at Gardner-Webb has really shown me that…” (More)


Caitlyn Brotherton, Senior ASL

“That’s what college is all about: figuring out what you want to do and who you want to be, and when everyone around you is pointing you towards Christ, it’s a lot easier to be focused on him.” (More)

Sarah Scoggins

Middle Grades Education, English


Sarah Scoggins (’16)

“Gardner-Webb's education program is the perfect amount of challenges combined with the perfect amount of preparation.”

After one visit to the Gardner-Webb University campus, Sarah C. Scoggins of Kings Mountain, N.C., knew where she would spend her college years.

“My older brother, Allen Scoggins, also attended Gardner-Webb. The first time I visited him was the time I determined this place would become home,” she explained. “I loved the small campus and the sense of family every time I visited. I actually did not apply to any other universities.”

Gardner-Webb also has a strong connection with Cleveland County Schools, which is where she’d like to find a job teaching middle school English. And through the GWU program, she has had opportunities to make contacts in the school system.

“Every time I volunteer or observe at a school, I am making myself and my name evident,” she observed. “I hope that this will open doors for my future. I have also had countless experiences in the classroom environment, which has prepared me for reality.”

She is a member of the Student North Carolina Association of Educators, and outside of class responsibilities, she volunteers in the schools, helping tutor, assist teachers and proctor end-of-grade tests. Through all of her experiences, she has formed her own personal teaching philosophy: "If they are not learning the way we are teaching, then we should be teaching the way they learn."

She feels prepared to begin her student teaching semester.

“Gardner-Webb's education program is the perfect amount of challenges combined with the perfect amount of preparation,” Scoggins affirmed. “The professors in this program are here to do three things: Help you determine if teaching is your calling; push you to learn everything you can about being an influential teacher; and watch you flourish into the teacher you desire to become.”

Two professors who have influenced her the most are Dr. Jason Parker and Dr. Kelly Clark. Parker helped her create a four-year plan, and he is available to answer questions and offer guidance. Clark is sensitive to students’ needs.

“I will never forget the day that I ran into her while bawling my eyes out about the horrible day I had experienced, and without words, she embraced me in a firm hug,” Scoggins said. “She may not remember this moment, but I do. It was that hug that pushed me through the day and let me know that I would be okay. I hope to be half of the teacher that these two people have been to me. I cannot put into words how much they have truly impacted my life.”