This is part of a monthly “Why I Give” series in which NC State College of Education alumni, students, faculty and staff share why they support the college.

In her own eyes, Catherine “Cathy” Faircloth Hairr ’79 was always a teacher. As early as five or six years old, she would pull out a chalkboard and teach her two siblings and neighborhood kids math. She would go on to earn her bachelor’s degree from the NC State College of Education and then serve as a high school math teacher for 35 years in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Now, she and her husband — Ron, a 1978 civil engineering graduate from NC State — will make it possible for others to complete their college degrees and

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