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What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I think being able to take what I have learned regarding special education in my course work and apply it while volunteering in my son's Pre-K classroom has been very rewarding and beneficial. I also am able to use my school experience and education in working with my own child who has a developmental delay.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Being chosen to receive a scholarship has been such a blessing to me because I face many financial hardships related to being a full-time graduate student and mom of three young children. My childcare expenses are extremely great so I am grateful for the generosity of the donors which has allowed me to offset some of my expenses and remain focused on learning.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I am eager and excited to become an educator of students with exceptionalities. I have seen firsthand the positive affect that experienced, passionate, and dedicated teachers can have on their students. I am ready and willing to join this group of educators and am looking forward to improving the lives of students with disabilities as well as helping in closing the achievement gap between those students and their typically developing peers.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
My major is Early Childhood Special Education. I am a second year graduate student in the Masters Certification Program.
What is your Hometown?
I am originally from Portsmouth, Viriginia which is about 10 miles from Virginia Beach, VA. However, I have resided in Anne Arundel County, MD for about 13 years after I finished my undergraduate degree.