An assistant professor in the ASU Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Self oversees the online master’s degree in educational administration. But her first title at ASU was that of student. A West Texas native of Slaton, she was lured to ASU primarily by a Carr Academic Scholarship.
Initially interested in animal genetics, Self earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science. But then a family friend encouraged her to try teaching, so she took a business education teaching position at San Angelo Lake View High School.
“The first day I stepped foot in the classroom was a real first for me,” Self said. “Normally you would have student-teaching experience, and that hadn’t happened for me. But I guess it was destiny, because I enjoyed it and I pursued that path.”
While also juggling her responsibilities as a wife and a mother of two, Self went on to earn another ASU master’s degree, serve as an assistant principal and principal at several local public schools, earn a doctorate in educational leadership, and return to ASU as a faculty member.
I wanted to give back to an institution that gave so much to me.
Dr. Raelye Self
“I wanted to give back to an institution that gave so much to me,” Self said. “I’m the first one in my family to graduate from college, and the Carr Academic Scholarship opened so many doors for me. So when the ASU teaching opportunity presented itself, I took it.”
For her career achievements and commitment to ASU, the Alumni Association has named Self its 2017 Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumna.
“ASU is home, plain and simple,” Self said. “I love it here. I love the people. I love the atmosphere. And I look at teaching here as a rare opportunity to help students, because that is where my heart lies.”