How many years did you attend Winooski schools?
I attended Winooski schools for 10 years, from when I was in 3rd grade until I graduated from Winooski High School.
Were there any adults in the Winooski schools that had a really positive impact on you? (teachers, coaches, etc.)
There were two teachers that really stood out in my experience during my time in the Winooski school district. My social studies teacher, Kate Toland, was an extremely funny and creative teacher who always made learning interesting. Vanessa Vallon, my English teacher during high school, also led her classes with inventiveness and a sense of humor. Another shout out must go to Maida Townsend for her amazing greatness with French.
What was your favorite learning experience during your time in the Winooski schools?
My favorite learning experience would have to be the trip we took to France during the spring of my junior year. This trip kindled my love for Europe, and it probably part of the reason that I live there now.
Did you feel prepared for college? work/career?
I personally felt prepared for college, but that is partly because I always made an effort to stay very dedicated to my studies. Unfortunately, the Winooski school district can”t offer such things as AP classes that can give students an advantage when they enter into university.
Where do/did you got to college? What did you study? Degree?
I went to the University of Vermont, and I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Theatre, with a double minor in English and Women and Gender Studies.
Where do you work? Title/Position? What do you do (job responsibilities)?
I”m currently in grad school at the moment, on my way to receiving my MFA in Acting from East 15 Acting School, located just outside London, England.
What advice would you give Winooski high school students about college and career if you knew then what you know now?
The better you do in high school, the cheaper college will be. I graduated UVM with very little debt because of the scholarships I received coming out of Winooski High School. Work hard and you will be rewarded. Also, you don”t always need to know what you want to do with your life. You”re young, you have time.
What other activities were you involved in during college? Did you try anything new? What did you learn about yourself in college?
The only extracurricular activity I really devoted my time to in college was theatre. Looking back, I wish I had explored all of my options, because UVM has so many great opportunities and clubs to try. I tried new things in the theatre arena, such as directing, costuming, lighting, and scenic design. I learned that I can work extremely hard and have success, and that it’s easy to make friends as long as you be yourself and have confidence.
Did you study abroad, travel or have any other experiences since graduating that you would like to share?
During college, I did a program called Eurotheatre, during which I traveled to England and Italy studying theatre. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and made me want to live in Europe full time.