What did you study at UNH?
What were you doing 1 year out of college?
I had just finished a year of service with an educational non-profit called City Year. As part of the founding corps in Denver, I supported a low-income, low-performing school, Rachel B. Noel Middle School, as their Mathematics Coordinator. This entailed organizing math-centered events to engage the student body and community and supplementing existing curriculum to increase student performance. However, the most important thing I did in my first year out of college, was build relationships. I did this with my students and with my colleagues. I was able to strengthen my resolve for education and find mentors and resources for the long road ahead.
What are you doing now?
I’m happy to say: I recently accepted a position as a high school Mathematics teacher. I didn’t go directly into the classroom after that first year, though; I tiptoed around it. I canvassed for educational funding, and spoke to taxpayers about the state of education and where they want their money to go. I was on the ground in Colorado as a field organizer for the Obama 2012 campaign. I even decided to take an Operations position with Teach For America (TFA) in their Colorado headquarters. Getting restless from not being in the classroom for two years, I returned to the same neighborhood in Denver as a Math Teaching Fellow for a year. Finally, this last year, I realized enough was enough. I applied and was accepted to the accelerated Masters in Curriculum and Instruction program at the University of Denver and will finish up one week before I start my position as DCIS-Montbello’s First-Year Algebra teacher.
How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?
I was an incredibly busy Wildcat during my time at UNH. I wrestled for the UNH Club Wrestling team, I was a Hall Council President and part of the first year of the Residence Hall Association. During my entire undergraduate career at UNH, I was a proud member of the completely student-run concert organization, SCOPE (Student Committee on Popular Entertainment).
I taught, I learned, and I stoked the internal fire of being a lifelong learner. I pushed myself physically, mentally and you better believe, emotionally. I met amazingly dedicated people who shaped the person I am today. For better or worse, I can honestly say that I would not be who or where I am, if I didn’t learn to bleed blue and white.
Why do you believe in UNH?
I believe in UNH, because for all of myself that I gave to the University, I continue to get back. Currently, I am coordinating alumni efforts out in Denver and I continually meet the most passionate people who are always willing to lend a hand to a fellow Wildcat. Join our UNH Alumni Denver Facebook page and LinkedIn group!