Phegley Enjoys Career at WVC
When Brenda Phegley started college in 1976 at Wabash Valley College, she had not yet decided upon her college major. However, when she was a student in Della Marie Yates’ English classes at WVC, she made her decision to become an English teacher.
While a student at WVC, Brenda was active in Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa, and she participated in Spring Fever Days and attended WVC dances, which is where she met her future husband Terry. Brenda graduated with honors from WVC in 1978, and she received a transfer scholarship to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
She majored in English education at SIU-C, and was a member of the SIUC baton twirlers, which performed with the marching band. After graduating with honors in 1980, Brenda began her teaching career at Bone Gap and West Salem schools. During that time, she was still in contact with Della Marie Yates at WVC; Mrs. Yates was soon to be retiring from WVC, and she encouraged Brenda to pursue her Master’s Degree in English. Taking advice from her WVC mentor, Brenda started working on her Master’s Degree at the University of Evansville. She graduated with honors from UE in 1983 and began teaching at Wabash Valley College in 1984.
Brenda is completing her thirty-first year of teaching English and literature courses at Wabash Valley College. She estimates that she has taught over 8,000 students during the past thirty-one years. Teaching is her passion, and she has loved being an instructor at WVC!
She has also served as the Phi Theta Kappa advisor at WVC for the past twenty-seven years. As advisor, she has written hundreds of recommendation letters for Phi Theta Kappa members, which has enabled them to receive thousands of dollars in scholarship money from four-year colleges and universities. The Rho Psi chapter at WVC has awarded $9,300 in scholarship money during the past twenty-seven years.
Brenda is currently serving as the Peer Counselor advisor, and she is the faculty representative on the WVC Foundation. She has served on various committees, such as the scholarship committee, commencement committee, curriculum and instruction committee, orientation committee, and the WVC 50th anniversary committee. In addition, Brenda has been honored as the Transfer Faculty of Year many times.
Overall, Brenda has loved teaching at Wabash Valley College, and she hopes she has inspired her students to work hard in whatever career paths they choose. She advises her students to choose a career which they love, and she often tells them to follow the advice given by Robert Frost in the poem “The Road Not Taken”: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
Brenda is married to Terry Phegley and they have two daughters, Julie and Amy.