Where do you live and what is your profession?
I always thought I would have my profession figured out by age 30, but I'm still working on it! Right after college, I moved back to Memphis to do a program called Teach For America, where I taught 6th grade math at a charter school in South Memphis for two years. Then a 7th grade science teacher position opened up at St. George's, so I got to go back to teach and coach alongside many of my former teachers and coaches. In 2017, I moved to a tiny mountain town in Colorado to manage the backpacking and rock climbing program for a rafting company. Last year, I took some time off to backpack for 55 days on the Appalachian Trail, work at a ski resort, and raft the Grand Canyon. I moved to Denver in October and am currently working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at a hospital while I explore a career change into healthcare.
How did St. George’s prepare you for college, career, and life?
St. George's cared about developing and nurturing the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. School wasn't just about classes and academics; it was also about playing sports, learning to be a part of a team, serving others through clubs and extracurriculars, going to chapel, and so much more. I continue to believe in this holistic approach to life.
Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Make-A-Wish, Peer Leadership Council, Choir, Student Senate, Prefect
Which teacher had the greatest impact on you and why?
I had so many incredible teachers, but I think my coaches had the greatest impact on me. Coach Johns has been a role model and mentor since she coached my 6th grade basketball team. She taught me the importance of mastering the fundamentals and doing the little things well. Coach Whicker showed me that creating a positive team culture is crucial to success. He taught me a lot about building relationships and developing players.
It's too hard to choose just one! Winning the state soccer title my junior year was definitely a highlight. We also had some amazing field trips to Camp McDowell, Heifer Ranch, and Team Trek.
What advice would you give to St. George’s students or young alumni today?
To the current St. George's students - Try to recognize your privilege. You are lucky to get to go to a school like St. George's. To the young alumni - It's ok to take an untraditional path. Don't worry about what other people expect of you.