1 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have had the most wonderful experiences with my internships in the public schools. The University of Maryland College of Education has been able to place me with some wonderful and experienced teachers who have been a privilege to learn from. I have had the opportunity to be very hands on with my students and be involved in many activities going on throughout the school. I feel uniquely prepared to walk into my first year as a classroom teacher this fall.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
I had to leave a full-time job that I loved to be able to go back to school. I made a lot of sacrifices and the scholarships I have received have made it possible for me to finish my educational journey. I am not able to live off of my family anymore and have needed every single dollar that I have been gifted by my scholarships in order to survive while trying to improve myself academically. I hope that I will be able to bring something special to the field of special education that makes it worth it for everyone who has supported me throughout the last few years.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I think qualified and passionate special eduactors are needed everywhere. I hope to be able to use my creative background to support the learning of all types of students throughout my teaching career. I hope to teach both children and adults to be compassionate, inclusive, and accepting of all people and I hope that I can help many students to learn and grow.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am working on my master's degree in Special Education. I am focused in elementary and middle school severe disabilities and I will be graduating in the spring of 2017.
What is your Hometown?
I grew up in Howard County, Maryland.