To follow is an alumni update that I posted today at my alma mater, the University at Buffalo. I am also posting it here so there is awareness regarding what I wrote, and so that my readers may understand a bit about my background.
In my years since graduation from UB in 1993, most of my career experience has been in teaching, mostly social studies and science. I obtained my MS from Buffalo State College in 1997; and returned to school there for my education certification, receiving it in 2000, also interning for Sam Hoyt. I moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area for an employment opportunity in teaching in 2000. In 2002, I was married; and in 2003, my son was born. In 2009, I was divorced, following a 2.5-year separation. I returned to New York State and worked for a few months before moving back to Georgia. Then, I returned to school and obtained my certificate in healthcare with honors.
Currently, I am pursuing my second master’s degree, this one in counseling, at Argosy University in Atlanta. There, I am an honor student, and am taking double the full-time course load. My current activities include volunteer work, as well as maintaining two blogs, and being active on LinkedIn with two groups that I founded and manage, “People Against Retaliation and Bullying,” and “Lepidoptera Lovers.” I also write and contribute, pseudonymously, for both a national and an international non-profit. I enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spending quality time with my son.
In my experiences at UB, I am thankful for the opportunity to gain a great education, particularly learning about research and participating as a research assistant in the Department of Psychology. Having experiences in music as a member of pep band, wind ensemble (concert band), and chorus enriched my life. Being a member of the UB Royals women’s track team, and competing in shot put at the 1990 NCAA championships also broadened my horizons. Studying abroad in Poland, visiting relatives, and traveling in Europe were also enjoyable.
UB gave me opportunities to expand my interests and personality in many ways, as I was a member and/or leader in many clubs and organizations. I met many people at UB who enriched my life. I am thankful for these experiences, and do my best to make a positive difference in the lives of others, including as a result of both the positive and negative experiences that I had at UB. As a result, I have become a strong advocate for children and women, and victims/survivors of trauma and sexual assault.
BA, Psychology, 1993 & BA, Political Science, 1993