Teacher Mentor: Andrew Collins, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Olney, MD
Faculty Mentor: Devon Payne-Sturges, Applied Environmental Health
Throughout my schooling, I have benefited from many great teachers, notably, Mr. Andrew Collins, my high school International Baccalaureate (IB) Theory of Knowledge teacher, and Professor Devon Payne-Sturges, my Environmental Health professor. Both have taught me to strive to reach my full academic potential. In high school, Mr. Collins helped me realize the value of learning and supported me while I was writing my extended essay. Under his guidance, I learned to think more critically and became a better writer and student. Thanks to Mr. Collins’s example, I strive to be a leader academically, creatively, and professionally. During my sophomore year of college, I took my first environmental health class with Professor Payne-Sturges. Her course helped me understand the impacts of environmental health and policy on Public Health, especially for different racial and economic groups. Her captivating classroom environment encouraged me to fully engage in discussions about environmental justice, and her emphasis on multifaceted learning has helped me become a more critical thinker. I would like to thank Mr. Collins and Professor Payne-Sturges for encouraging me to continue learning and being the best student I can be.