Education Support Specialist, James River State Park
I graduated from Longwood in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology. That summer I did the AmeriCorps program at James River State Park. When that ended I began another job search. Soon the park interpreter position opened up at James River and that’s what I am doing now. During the summer I do different programs for the park guests that come to camp or visit. Then in the fall and winter months, I travel to schools to do programs in the classroom. I was even able to make up my own archaeology program called, “Can You Dig It?”. I teach the guests about archaeology and the kids get to dig up bones and artificial arrowheads out of a sandbox.
A huge thank you to Dr. Bates, Dr. Jordan, and Dr. Dalton for everything they have done for me and for suggesting the idea of working for state parks. Another thank you to Dr. Jordan for helping me realize that anthropology was the right major for me! I wouldn’t have enjoyed college as much if I hadn’t switched.