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I will be an elementary school teacher in a Spanish private school in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. I will teach English and work with children ages 6 to 12 years old.
How has Dickinson prepared you for your future?
Dickinson has prepared me for my future by allowing me to be confident in my ability to move to a different country. The most obvious part is that my two majors, educational studies and Spanish, are directly connected to my initial step in my career path as an English teacher in Spain. Although the rest of my career path is a route yet to be carved, I am sure that my now-strong abilities to discuss, engage and interpret will be fully used.
I was a Dana Research Assistant at The Trout Gallery at Dickinson College during the Summer of 2017. I researched Edward Curtis, a photographer who was determined to capture images of the "fading" societies of Native Americans in the West of the United States. I assisted with camps that visited the gallery throughout the summer, and presented a teacher's resource guide that I and [Trout Gallery Curator of Education] Heather Flaherty (and others) wrote at the Pennsylvania Art Education Association fall 2017 conference in Pittsburgh.
What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?
Working with students from Carlisle both at The Trout Gallery and when I volunteered at Lamberton Middle School for Homework Help. Seeing students around town and them eagerly saying "Hi, Miss Sullivan!"—and consequently realizing why not all teachers live in the same school district that in which they teach, but others do.
Published April 2, 2018