Christina Pope Tomcany – Anthropology & History ’02

Tomcany Christina

Title I Reading Teacher – Matthews, Virginia

I graduated from Longwood College in 2002 with a BA in History and a Minor in Anthropology- by far it’s the anthropology part of my Longwood education that I am most proud of. After graduating I attended Old Dominion University and became licensed to teach PreK-6th grade in Virginia. I worked for the Chesapeake Public School System, Middlesex Public Schools, and eventually moved back to my hometown to work in Mathews County, Virginia and at this time teach Title 1 Reading.

Although I took the long road to becoming a teacher by way of anthropology, my time spent with the Anthropology Faculty at Longwood, including Dr. Brian Bates, Dr. Doug Dalton and Dr. James Jordan, as well as the rest of the anthropology students helped shape me into the person I am today. Someone who can draw conclusions based on evidence in front of me, be resourceful with limited time, and study data to make inferences. It also introduced me to a fellow anthropology student, Mark Tomcany, who became my husband.

Anthropology students, and the professors that teach them, are by far the most well rounded, interesting, and fun people you’ll ever be around in your life. Being a part of the program at Longwood was one of the best decisions I ever made.


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