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First Grade Teacher, Teach for America
Major in Psychology and Self Designed Major in Interpersonal Communication
What have you been doing since Commencement?
While at Knox, I was accepted into Teach For America, a non-profit organization full of leaders who commit to teaching in low-income schools. After Commencement, I taught fifth and sixth grade at an urban school for the summer before transitioning into my own classroom full time. I'm currently a first grade teacher in Gary, Indiana, and I love my students and my job. I'm also a graduate student on the weekends, working toward a two-year teaching license and a master's in education.
How did Knox help you get there?
Knox helped me gain such valuable leadership and work experience. Through opportunities such as the Mellon Fellowship Program, I was able to explore several career paths and job opportunities before committing full time. Through all of the organizations that Knox offers, I was able to develop leadership skills that are useful in my classroom every single day. Knox provided me with the tools I needed to develop the kind of work ethic that I want to pass on to my first graders. Knox was also a place where I could have uncomfortable and stimulating conversations about educational inequity and challenges that face our urban communities. Professors, staff, and students at Knox College challenged me to be better every day.