Emily Ross

A Student Bent on Teaching

After Emily Ross '10 decided that Ohio Wesleyan University wasn’t for her, she went to the nearest bookstore and sat down with a book of 365 colleges, intent upon narrowing down to one that would suit her the best.

She had already taken the huge step of finding out what it was she wanted to study. It just so happened that it was also one of her deep-rooted passions: working with children.

“I started babysitting when I was about 13 for a family at our church who had triplets. I babysat neighborhood kids. My cousins also looked up to me so I was always playing games and stuff like that with them,” Emily says.

She realized that her knack for children would be a great avenue to explore as she continued her education. Taking a year off of school, Emily started working at a pre-school near her home in Gladstone, New Jersey where she was an assistant in a classroom of 24 four and five year-old children.

This challenging experience helped her to realize that understanding and communicating effectively with children is a skill that can be learned, and one she wanted to develop further. So she decided to study education with a concentration in psychology.

“I think that understanding why kids are the way that they are developmentally will help me be a better teacher and cater to them,” she says. “I realized I liked working with kids even more than I thought I had.”

Emily put the finishing touches on her longtime dream by crossing out the last college in her book and enrolling at GMC.

“When I found Green Mountain and started with the education program—that was it. I was sold,” she says, noting that although she has always been a focused and disciplined person, GMC has helped her to manage her time even more efficiently.

“I do my readings the night that I get them” she chuckles. “I like to get my work done on time.”

Emily is active around campus as well. She is a former captain of the GMC cheerleading squad and part of an All-Star Cheer squad in Rutland, and is also a work-study student for Student Life. Earlier this semester, she put her organizational and teaching skills to work as the freshman orientation leader.

At the end of the day, Emily is a model student, but not just that. She’s a teacher, a mentor, and an example for others. Ross will spend next semester student teaching at a nearby elementary school. Her post-college plans are to move to Colorado, where she has extended family, to pursue a career in education—or, if things don’t work out, as, what she called jokingly, her “alter ego”—a receptionist.

Whether it’s answering the phone or aiding kids through crucial developmental years, Emily likes the feeling of helping others get where they’re trying to go.

“I’m very organized. To be able to get someone what they need… I thoroughly enjoy it,” she says. “I would like to travel and teach at different parts of the world, but… we’ll see where life takes me.”

By Chad Skiles ‘12

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IN THIS ISSUE:
Flowers in Surdam Gallery
Students Glean Tomatoes
Quit Smoking Group to Meet
Faculty Notes





Men's Soccer
9/15, 4 p.m.
at Southern Vermont College

9/19, 1 p.m.
at Becker College

Women's Soccer
9/13, 3:30 p.m.
vs. Potsdam State

9/15, 4 p.m.
vs. New England College

9/19, 1 p.m.
at Daniel Webster College

Women's Volleyball
9/14, 7 p.m.
vs. SUNY Cobleskill

9/16, 7 p.m.
vs. Paul Smith's College

Cross Country
9/18, 12 & 12:45 p.m.
at Bard College

Men's Golf
9/18, 11:30 a.m.
at the JSC Invitational


WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Ayurveda Consultation
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wellness Center

Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Take 10 Discussion Group
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Wellness Center

Zumba
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced I
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Poultney Community Garden Meeting
5 - 6 p.m., Meet at Ames Circle

Shakti Tribal Dance: Intermediate
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Acupuncture Clinic
5 - 6 p.m., Wellness Center

Open Swim Session
5 - 6 p.m., Waldron Pool

Spirituality Club Meeting
6 - 7 p.m., Chapel

Smoking Cessation Group
6 - 7 p.m., Wellness Center

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Academic Skills Workshop: Reading
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Kripalu Yoga (vigorous)
1 - 2:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Academic Skills Workshop:
Research Skills

3 - 4 p.m., PC Lab, Griswold Library

Sunset Yoga
Meet at 5 p.m. at the GreenMAP office

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced II
5:30 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Lap Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m.,
Waldron Pool

SOAR Workshop:
Envision Your Life

6 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance: Beginner
7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced III
8 - 9:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Open Chapel
8 - 9:30 p.m., Chapel

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Cerridwen Farm Stand
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Hall Lobby

Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wellness Center

Kripalu Yoga (gentle)
4 - 5 p.m, Wellness Center

Intermediate Vinyasa
Flow Yoga

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Open Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Family & Friends Weekend
Various Times, Across Campus

Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Opening Reception:
Faculty Art Exhibit

4 - 6 p.m., Feick Fine Arts Center

Open Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Shakti Tribal Dance Annual Hafla
7 p.m., lawn outside SAGE Hall

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Family & Friends Weekend
Various Times, Across Campus

Ecstatic Dance Experience
7 - 8:30 p.m., 9 - 10:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Fall Foliage Choir Concert
7:30 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Family & Friends Weekend
Various Times, Across Campus

Open Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Open Chapel
7 - 10:30 p.m., Chapel