Three recent alumnae snag post-graduation honors around the globe.
By Mary Jo Patterson
Shannon Daley C’09
Kristin Germinario C’10
Claim to fame: Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship
What this means: Germinario, one of 11 biology teaching fellows nationwide, will receive five years of professional and financial support totaling $150,000, starting in graduate school and spanning the early years of her teaching career. She is currently enrolled in Drew’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.
What comes next: After graduating from the MAT program next spring, she’ll look for a job teaching high school biology.
What hooked her on teaching: Being able to engage an apathetic eighth grader, whom Germinario taught in a summer science public school program. By the time the class ended, the student was not only excited about biology, but also one of her top students.
Marnie Valdivia C’10
Claim(s) to fame: A U.S. State Department Critical Languages Scholarship and a Presidential Internship from the American University in Cairo. The twin honors caused her to set aside her acceptance to graduate school.
What’s ahead: After a summer of intensive Arabic language study in Jordan, she’ll spend 10 months working at the university’s Desert Develop ment Center. After that, “I’m going to apply for everything—graduate school, jobs, internships, fellowships—and see what the best option is,” Valdivia says. Her ultimate goal is to help bring about an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
What she is telling family members: That she’s unlikely to come home for Christmas, so they should visit her. That they shouldn’t worry about her safety. And that they will be able to follow her blog, which might just include an Arabic word of the day.