How many years did you attend Winooski schools?
I attended WHS all four years of high school despite living in Texas for one semester.
Were there any adults in the Winooski schools that had a really positive impact on you? (teachers, coaches, etc.)
Yes definitely, to this day I think about how grateful I am to Brett Litterer, Marc McQuinn, Elaine Lawson, Dennis Fillion, Sharon James, and the rest of the staff and coaches who helped prepare me for an advanced collegiate setting.
What was your favorite learning experience during your time in the Winooski schools?
I think that a lot of academic courses were great but the real learning that made an impact was what I was willing to go through to be a successful student athlete. It helped me understand how to be in the right place and at the right time to step above and beyond what others might think I was capable of. The overall Spartan mentality really stuck with me.
Did you feel prepared for college? work/career?
At first the idea of college was daunting and maybe a little scary. Once I began my journey towards my Bachelors of Science I realized that I did have what it took to earn my degree and felt very well prepared.
Where do/did you got to college? What did you study? Degree?
I went to college at the University of Vermont right up the hill and studied Exercise and Movement Sciences and now hold a degree as a Bachelor of Science.
Where do you work? Title/Position? What do you do (job responsibilities)?
I currently work at a few places, for the last year I have worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the UVM Varsity Athletic Performance Center, I have worked for the last two years as a research assistant for Breast Cancer Research at UVM, and I am also an Army Veteran serving for the Vermont as a Combat Medic.
What advice would you give Winooski high school students about college and career if you knew then what you know now?
My advice to students is that you should never set a limit for yourself. The things that you are going to accomplish are incredible and beyond belief. With that said; it will take a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work. I am a firm believer of what you put into something, is exactly what you get out of it. If you can finish a day and say that you”ve done everything you could to make yourself better, than you success will follow closely behind.
Would you be willing to share your experiences in college and work in person with WHS students and staff? With the superintendent?
I am more than willing to help in any way I can, I hope to become more involved in athletics at UVM and I am an open resource that should be used for the betterment of school programs.
What other activities were you involved in during college? Did you try anything new? What did you learn about yourself in college?
In college I helped found a Veterans Association for student veterans who were returning from active duty. I played soccer and loved it! I participated in theater and in the student government and really enjoyed all the opportunities and experiences. What I really learned about myself is that I really enjoy living a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Did you study abroad, travel or have any other experiences since graduating that you would like to share?
Sure my experiences have taken me all over the world and I”ve seen amazing things I never thought I would. You will certainly have the opportunity to go check out some pretty amazing places, I had the opportunity to go to: Ireland, Germany, Kyrgyztan, Qatar, Kuwait, Afghanistan, India, Mexico, Canada, and Nicaragua!