IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Addie Davis ’12

Meet Addie Davis, a graduate from the Class of 2012 who currently works as a middle school teacher in Los Angeles, CA. During her time at Ithaca College, Addie majored in English and completed minors in both Spanish and Art History.  Learn more about Addie below!

 

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Current positions:
I completed my Masters in education at Fordham University in 2014. I am currently an instructional coach & teacher at Equitas Academy Middle School in Los Angeles, CA. (where she teachers the 8th grade)

One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC:
Never pass up an opportunity to go to the farmers’ market. (Or, in other words, allow yourself to slow down and enjoy yourself.)

Favorite Honors Seminar and why:
Microhistories with Karin Breuer! It was such a compelling and challenging lens through which to see the world. And, of course, it didn’t hurt that Professor Breuer was hilarious and lovely.

One word that sums up your university experience:
It’s cruel of you to limit an English major to one word! My best attempt: inspirational.

 

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Senior Sendoff: Gretchen Hohmeyer

1424576_10209129461537225_5010296201079289399_n.jpgGretchen Hohmeyer is an English and Writing double major who, despite having plans to go to English PhD school, is not doing that right now. Instead, she is taking a year off to teach English as a second language in South Korea. She has been accepted to contract with the Council of International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to source employment at a South Korean elementary school in a yet unknown city. While the word of choice for this adventure would not be “excited” as much as “terrified,” she cannot wait to get paid to travel in Asia, which has been a dream since childhood!

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Mosher ’03

Meet Samantha Mosher from the class of 2003! Samantha was an English major with a Speech Communication minor and is currently a Middle School Learning Specialist at the UN International School in NYC as well as an adjunct professor at a few colleges in the city. Learn more about Samantha below!SamanthaMosher_0318

Current positions: “I am currently one of the Middle School Learning Specialists at the United Nations International School in NYC. I work with a student population that is highly mobile (moving every 3-5 years, sometimes sooner, as diplomatic postings changed), multilingual, and multicultural. My job is to work with teachers as an instructional coach to help them choose classroom strategies and methods that will help all students in the class learn, as well as to assess struggling students and interpret the data, and to design and implement intervention plans for students. I spend a lot of time trying to determine the differences between slow academic language acquisition and an actual language-based learning disability. I’m also co-teaching an English class this year, which is exciting.

I’m also an adjunct instructor at a few colleges in the city. I teach special education courses at CUNY Hunter and LIU-Brooklyn to students in the NYC Teaching Fellows program. I also teach students in the Reading Specialist program at Teachers College, Columbia.”

One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC:Take advantage of everything. Most importantly take courses outside of your major that you’re interested in, especially in areas where you might not be as strong or where you’re afraid you might not get a good grade. Your GPA isn’t as important as you think it is, and college is absolutely the time to discover new passions (or confirm that something isn’t for you).”

Favorite Honors Seminar and why:Chance Concepts with Jim Conklin. I had a really bad experience with Pre-Calc in 11th grade and had declared I would never, ever take a math class again. My advisor, former Honors Program Director Hugh Egan, told me that I should take this course for my math gen ed requirement and my Honors Seminar. He told me we’d figure out the probability of there being a certain number of green M&Ms in a bag and it would be “no big deal.” It was actually a real stats for social science course, but slowed down a bit with more time for investigation and experimentation. Not only did I have a great time in the class, I also rediscovered the love of math I had before 11th grade. The class left me completely prepared for the educational measurement and stats classes I had to take in grad school.”

One word that sums up your university experience:Questions like this are why I never agree to do these things for the school newspaper…

Uncomfortable, but in a good way. I learned how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable–in new situations, with challenging ideas–and that’s how you learn new things.”

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Littlefield ’00

Meet Melissa Littlefield from the Class of 2000! She is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign! Learn more about Melissa below.
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One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC: “In the midst of it all, when you feel the most energized by classes, professors, clubs, sports, parties, friends, part-time jobs, studying abroad . . . take some time to slow down, look around you, enjoy the moment and think about what you want for yourself. It’s easy to be caught up in the progress of the degree, the needs of your friends, even the stress of working and studying at the same time. So remember to ask: what do I want out of all of this? what can I do to make this time, this experience align with my own hopes and dreams for the future?”

Favorite Honors Seminar you took and why: “Dr. Joe Tempesta’s history seminar–we designed our own governments (after reading various treatises for weeks and weeks)! I think we even surprised Dr. Tempesta with some of our choices. It was one of the first classes in which we were asked to really apply the knowledge we gained during the semester. Dr. T was brilliant, generous, and tough–the best kind of teacher.”

One word that sums up your university experience: “Transformative.”

We’re always looking for interesting alumni to highlight in our Alumni Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Sydney Brenner

Meet Sydney, another incoming Honors student! She’ll be studying English on campus in the fall. Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 4.36.49 PM

This summer, Sydney will be working at a Jewish sleep away camp called URJ Eisner camp in Great Barrington, MA.

Sydney is ready to explore all of the opportunities the Honors Program offers.

“Throughout my scholastic career, I have always had a passion for learning and thrived from challenging courses. Thus I wanted to have the same experience at a collegiate level. Furthermore, college can be intimidating and difficult to adapt to therefore I chose the Honors program to ensure that as I entered Ithaca I would already have a welcoming community to join that was just as driven by success as I was.”

What are you doing this summer? Honors wants to know!

Email sguter1@ithaca.edu to be featured.

IC Alumni Spotlight: Grace Wivell ’14

Meet our Alumni Spotlight of the Week, Grace Wivell, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in English with a teaching option. Grace currently is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia. On March 24, the Honors Program is doing a meeting about the Fulbright Program so if you’re interested in learning more about how Grace got this position, look out for more information over the next couple weeks! Learn more about Grace below!

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Current positions: “I am currently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Indonesia, working with tenth and eleventh graders at the fabulous SMAN 10 in Malang, East Java. I spend my days trying to make English grammar both accessible and fun, learning about the amazing students with whom I am so privileged to work, and failing to remember the difference between the Indonesian words for key and cat.”

A piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC: “Don’t be afraid to fail. Whether I was successful or fell flat on my face, I learned the most from the experiences which were also the most challenging, and I have found a willingness to the risks serves one quite well in the “real world” that looms beyond college.”

Favorite Honors seminar and why: “I’ve always been terrible at picking favorites, so I am not sure how to choose a favorite Honors seminar. Why Are We Here? framed much of my considerations about the education world in which I will probably spend the rest of my existence. Women and Fairy Tales got me to write poetry again, a re-discovered habit that has helped me to meet new friends from which to learn. Science in Poetry combined the sciences and the humanities in exactly the way I had hoped the Honors minor would. However, I must say it is the conversations we had in London as Text, about how we can build our understanding of a place, which are most relevant to me in my current situation. I’ve come a long way since I was a sophomore bumbling about parks and getting on the wrong Tube line, but while I cannot re-take the course, I am still constantly re-evaluating my perceptions of place, and of belonging, which were so central to my experience in that course.”

One word that sums up your university experience: “I’m an English major. How dare you make me choose just one word! But, since you insist, I shall give you one word: inspiring.”

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!