Tag Archives: alumni in education

Alumni Spotlight: Erin Ortiz (’06)

January 4, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Erin Ortiz (’06) graduated from the University of Virginia in three years with a degree in psychology. She then attended Gallaudet University, where she pursued a master’s in social work, specializing in school social work and disability. After receiving her master’s, Erin taught in VCU’s social work program before accepting a position with the non-profit […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Randolph Ashton (’99)

January 4, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Dr. Randolph Ashton (’99) attended Governor’s School in its early days. He remembers learning from gifted teachers like Pat Taylor, John Wilkes, and Phil Tharp, and running for legendary track and field coach Jim Holdren. “While the building was not as nice as GSGIS’s current location, the people and the learning atmosphere were still the […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Caldwell (’06)

January 4, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

“I have really wanted to be a teacher my whole life,” says Rachel Caldwell (’06). “However, two experiences at MLWGS really cemented my desire to pursue a career in education: the time I spent volunteering with the Newtowne Tutoring Program, and my senior year mentorship with Annie Campbell, a second grade teacher at Fox Elementary. […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Joe Addison (’05)

October 25, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Many of our more than 3,200 Governor’s School alumni have become educators dedicated to shaping the minds of future generations. We are proud to recognize some of our alumni who are making an impact in the classroom and beyond. “I first considered doing something with literature when, after an AP Lit class, Dr. Spencer looked […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Leaf Elhai (’09)

September 4, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Leaf Elhai (’09) became interested in teaching while she was a student at Maggie Walker.  “I’ve always enjoyed learning, which is a good trait for a teacher to have,” she says.  “But I started seriously thinking about working in schools my senior year.”  She was a member of the legendary We The People team (coached by Mr. McGuire) and […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Bailey Thomson (’06)

June 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Bailey Thomson (Class of 2006) moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in August 2012, after graduating from William & Mary, where she double majored in Government and Middle Eastern Studies. In Johannesburg, she joined the founding team of SPARK Schools, a network of blended learning primary schools providing accessible, high-quality education to South African children. During […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Nisha Ligon (’04)

June 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

From visiting family in Thailand to studying in London to trekking through the Himalayas, Nisha Ligon (Class of 2004) has always been a traveler. Though she stayed stateside for college, attending Yale University, after graduation she moved to London to pursue a MSc. in Science Media Production from Imperial College. Nisha currently lives in Dar […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Lydia Hickman (’07)

June 9, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

After graduating from VCU, Lydia Hickman (Class of 2007) spent two years in Shanghai teaching English. She then worked as a high school English teaching assistant in Paris, after which she enrolled in a master’s program at Paris Descartes University. An internship for that master’s led her to Dakar, Senegal. In Dakar, Lydia helped create Social […]

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