I’m a young professional interested in pursuing a career in teaching, mentorship, and advising. I’ve been working as the Program Support Administrator for the Interdisciplinary Studies program at Plymouth State University for the past year. Since starting, I’ve been swept away by the interdisciplinary model of learning, and how this approach to education can inspire students to think about education as a creative process that enhances their learning and autonomy.
I was exposed to Open Pedagogy as an undergraduate student in the English department at PSU, but I didn’t understand the extent of open education and accessibility until joining the Interdisciplinary Studies team at Plymouth State University. Over the course of the past year, I’ve been able to witness the tangible, immediate benefits of sharing education, building bridges, and interdepartmental collaboration, transforming the way I will continue to think about and engage with education.
I’ve been studying Indian philosophy and yoga for the past seven years, which has developed into an indispensable component to my work as an advisor and mentor. Developing my spiritual practice and learning how to think critically about myself and others has transformed the way I am able to relate to and engage with students. I’m currently enrolled in my second yoga teacher training certification at the Dragonfly Yoga Barn in North Sandwich, NH, which is preparing me to start teaching yoga classes. I consider my work as a yoga instructor as imperative to my success as a teacher because it is shaping me into a more dynamic educator, filling my toolbox with a wider collection of resources for me to choose from.
I graduated from Plymouth State University a year ago with a BA in English, but my journey with education is far from over. I’m planning to start an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Spring 2018 at Plymouth State University, with a special focus on technology and Open Pedagogy. When I finish my master’s degree, I’m planning to pursue a PhD in English.