PERSONALIZED HER EDUCATION, EXPLORED NEW INTERESTS, AND DID NOT LET HER LEARNING DIFFERENCE DEFINE OR LIMIT HER
I can’t say enough about Joanna Draugsvold and how she helped prepare me. I remember her telling us that there would come a day when we would really appreciate the work that we were complaining about, and she was right. I hadn’t been at college for more than a couple of weeks, and I was pulling out my GD (Global Dynamics) binder to remind myself how to get better organized. It didn’t take long for me to realize how valuable her teaching was in getting me prepared for the rigors of college.
Emily arrived at Winchendon as a 9th grader from the Carroll School, one of the best schools in New England for students with language-based LD. Obstacles like LD were not going to get in her way.
- Emily thrived in a rigorous course load, while finding time to pursue her passions for volleyball and basketball and trying out new things like sculpture.
- She graduated from Winchendon in 2014 with honors. Emily headed first to Roanoke College, and then, realizing that she was ready for a bigger stage, transferred to the University of Ulster, where she immersed herself in all things Irish.
- She graduated with a degree in advertising, and is now working at a technology start-up in Dublin, Ireland.
- When Emily isn’t focused on her clients’ success, she makes the most of the opportunity to travel around Europe and most recently north Africa, pursues her growing passion for rock-climbing, and visits her parents, sister and dog back home in Massachusetts.