How did your journey bring you to Curry?
I came into UVA knowing that I wanted to apply to the Curry School for elementary education. I was not sold on UVA when I got in, but after visiting and meeting a current Curry student, Destinie Thomas, I knew UVA was the right place for me. Destinie spent the whole day with my family and answered all our questions. She continued to be a great resource as I prepared to come to UVA and when I arrived on move-in day, she was my RA! From the beginning I was connected to great mentors and professors who helped me throughout my time at Curry.
What is the most significant thing that has shaped your time while you've been here?
The professors have been the most impactful on my time at Curry. Their passion for their area of study is amazing to see and learn from. They are so empathetic and dedicated to us as students and future educators. I know that if I ever need anything, there is a team of professors at Curry cheering me on and always ready to lend a helping hand.
If you can, name one person at Curry who has made a special impact during your studies and how?
It's hard to choose just one! But my advisor, Dean Patrice Grimes, has been amazing. I met her the weekend I came as an admitted student and she has been an invaluable resource and mentor ever since. Whenever I was picking classes or thinking about summer jobs my parents would always say, "Have you talked to Dean Grimes about that?" They trust her wisdom and insight immensely and I do too!
What is one thing you learned here that surprised you?
One of my favorite classes I've taken has Sara Rimm-Kaufman's child development class. We learned about development from birth to adolescence, and it was really cool to look back on things I thought or did as a little kid or in high school and think, oh, that was developmentally normal! Like, everyone was self-absorbed in middle school. It's fascinating to learn how people learn and absorb the world around them!
What will you be doing next?
I am an African American Teaching Fellow and will begin my career in Albemarle County or Charlottesville City schools.