Tag Archives: alumni in education

Alumni Spotlight: Betty-Shannon Prevatt

January 24, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Betty-Shannon Prevatt (’95) was in the first-ever graduating class from what was then called the Governor’s School for Government and International Studies.  She attended Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, after which she went straight into a clinical psychology master’s program, where her focus was on women’s studies, domestic violence, and sexual assault.  After several years working […]

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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: Nathan Miller (’96)

January 2, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Nathan Miller (’96) was a member of Governor’s School’s second graduating class. He credits the school for creating an atmosphere where “there was a lot of energy about learning,” and recognizes Mrs. Taylor, Mr. Wilkes, and Mr. Woolard in particular for teaching him how to study. “The other thing that stands out is the amount […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Azaria Verdin (’04)

December 26, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Teaching runs in Azaria Verdin (’04)’s family, though she didn’t officially decide to work in education until college. Her mother is a teacher, and first and foremost among the educators who have helped shape her life. “At each stage of my educational career, there were always a couple people who pushed me to be better,” […]

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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: Kevin Fogg (’01)

June 30, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Dr. Kevin Fogg (Class of 2001) was a member of the last GSGIS class to spend all four years in the school’s original home in Thomas Jefferson High School. Without question, it was a different experience than students have in the new Maggie Walker building. He remembers, “overcrowded rooms, shots fired in the building, bomb […]

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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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