Alexis, Class of 2017

Elementary Education Major

Alexis' student-life experiences are comprised of athletics, on-campus leadership positions, teaching practicums and enjoying down time in her residence hall—opportunities that enhance both the social and academic aspects of college as a whole.

Alexis was racking up honors as captain of her high school basketball team in her hometown of Acworth, Georgia, when she first heard of a small college in the city of Boston. Longtime head women's basketball coach Andy Yosinoff wanted her to join the Saints, and she decided to take a chance, break out of her comfort zone and make the move to New England.

Now a forward for the Emmanuel College Saints basketball team in her third year, the court is just one of the places on campus where Alexis has found her niche.

In the classroom, Alexis has grown close with her fellow education majors in the class of 2017 - the largest education cohort in the College's history.

"It almost didn't happen, my becoming an elementary education major," she said. "I was being really stubborn at first. I wanted to do something different from the rest of my family, so I was planning to major in business."

But after a difficult first semester, she decided to join the long line of teachers, pastors and counselors in her family and made the change in her academic path. With the help of the College's Academic Resource Center (ARC), she got back on track academically and has even paid it forward, serving as an ARC peer tutor in the physical sciences for current students.

"Tutoring other students hopefully helps them understand the material a little better, but it also helps me stay fresh," she said. "It's a great résumé builder for a teacher, as well."

Her goal is to someday teach second or third grade, and she has had the opportunity to gain hands-on field experience both at home in Georgia, working as a summer camp counselor at the church where her father is a pastor, and in Boston, at schools within Emmanuel's wide network of student-teaching partners. While enrolled in the Great American Experiment, an Emmanuel course on the history of education, Alexis worked in the after-school program at nearby OLPH Mission Grammar School, and she is currently completing a practicum in a third-grade classroom at the Maurice J. Tobin School.

"Kids are just so genuine," she said. "You never know what they are going to say or do. With adults, I just think, 'You should know better,' but kids are learning all the time, and teachers get to be a part of that."

Alexis also serves as an admissions ambassador, leading campus tours and answering questions for prospective students and their families when they visit Emmanuel.

"My dad told me, 'I could see you doing this,'" Alexis said of the tours. "I was already talking to [basketball] recruits and hosting overnight stays for prospective students, so I thought I'd made it official. It allows me to work on my public speaking skills and on delivering information clearly, which will be helpful when I have my own classroom full of students."

Alexis also works on campus in the bookstore and is involved in the education club. And her favorite place on campus? Her residence hall - a great place to make friends, study and recharge after a busy day.

Interested in Elementary Education?

Elementary education majors at Emmanuel College learn to lay the foundation for a child's future learning habits and goals. Beyond instruction in the three Rs, you will develop an understanding of your role in the formation of young students' critical thinking skills and their ability to adapt to new situations and socialize with their peers. Plant the seed. Foster the next generation of leaders and innovators.

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