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SME Spotlight - Fahryka Elliott

Fahryka Elliott is a National Board Certified Teacher based in Virginia who has been an Educational Specialist for Business and Marketing in CTE since 2014. Her role includes providing curriculum support to teachers in 24 secondary schools, recommending classroom management strategies, and offering computer science course options and teacher training.

"I chose to pursue my new role as an Educational Specialist because I was ready for a new challenge outside of the classroom that still connected me to teachers and students."

When asked why she decided on her career, she said: "I chose to teach because I had an aunt who was an educator and I had great teachers whose footsteps I wanted to follow – they were my inspiration. I chose Business Education after taking a bookkeeping course in high school, and my teacher encouraged me to continue to pursue business courses in college. So, I decided in high school that Business Education would be my major, and the rest is sweet history."

Fahryka Elliott PhotoPrior to her current role, Fahryka taught Business Education at the high school level for 13 years, and she has experience teaching an array of business courses from Accounting I to Word Processing.

Her background made her an excellent fit as a first-time SME for the recent NOCTI Business Pathway assessment revision. That revision occurred in February of 2018 and involved a NOCTI facilitator and an SME team revising three tests: Administrative Services, General Management, and Human Resources Management, during a five-night web conference.

"I enjoyed the process, appreciate knowing that my work will actually make a difference on the updated tests, and look forward to future opportunities to serve as an SME."

She cited positive aspects of the webinar sessions including feeling comfortable and supported in a professional, virtual environment and the benefit of ensuring that global business and environmental-related questions were included on the test.

Outside of her professional experience, she shared the following as interesting personal points:

  • She was born and raised in Harlem, New York but has never been to the Apollo Theater.
  • Her mother is from a small town in North Carolina, and her father is from the beautiful island of Freeport, Bahamas.
  • She is a die-hard basketball mom and her son’s number one fan!

Thank you, Fahryka. Your participation with NOCTI is greatly appreciated!

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