Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
I first became a Terp back in 2012 when I accepted enrollment as an undergraduate student. My decision to come to Maryland was three-fold- the College Park Scholars Program, the endless opportunities to study abroad, and my lifelong connection to the University. Both of my parents attended UMD for their graduate studies and now my father is the Director of the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture. Growing up, I enjoyed attending numerous sporting events as well as the annual Maryland Day. When I was accepted into UMD I was also admitted into the Scholars Program. I selected the Global Public Health program as my area of focus and found my two years there to be extremely rewarding. Through this program, I had opportunities to serve in the community and abroad. Finally, I was able to travel to Denmark for a semester abroad, studying Child Development and Diversity. It was during my semester in Copenhagen that I resolved my passion and commitment for education. As a result, I applied for the MCERT program for graduate students interested in studying Elementary Education. I have enjoyed my year interning in a 3rd grade classroom and learning from others in my cohort. I am very proud to be a Terp!
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
As an educator, my goal is to empower every student to take chances and to develop a love for learning. One of the things I love most about my career is that it is also my passion. Working with so many different students, all of whom possess unique talents, is truly a gift. I am excited to see what each year brings, as new students step into my classroom.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am currently a graduate student studying Elementary Education. I will be graduating this coming June, 2017!
What is your Hometown?
I am from Catonsville, Maryland, a small town just outside of Baltimore. I hope to teach in either Howard, Baltimore, Montgomery, or PG County next year!
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
One of my MCERT professors has truly made a positive impact on my graduate career with UMD. Dr. Jennifer Turner has been our professor for each semester of study during this year-long program. Her classes are engaging, informative, and authentically tied to our in-school experiences with our students. Dr. Turner's reading classes offer more than just reading instruction. We are frequently afforded the opportunity to hear from guest speakers who provide a wealth of knowledge on specific topics like small-group assessments, process drama, and historical literacy. I have enjoyed applying what I have learned in class into my own classroom!