Darden Class of 2016
Coming to business school was a bitter sweet decision for me. I knew I wanted to transition into investment banking – a career I had pursued while an undergrad at UVA – but I had spent the last 5 years building deep, life-long relationships with students and families as a teacher. In order to stay connected to my “educator self” I started a non-profit organization designed to support students, teachers and families in Title I public schools (schools serving a high-proportion of students from low-income households). It was based on an idea from my first classroom in 2009 built on a belief that empowering parents to help their children is the most effective form of teaching. Through my first few months at Darden, I have already partnered with my former school near the DC area and with a school here in UVA’s backyard. I have also gotten the Darden community behind the cause, with many Consortium students and I volunteering to teach and interact with families at our school partners. Furthermore, hearing of our success, we are in talks with school districts in Richmond and Baltimore about possibly expanding next year.