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Gernert Dott WHMS pic web"The mixed-age groups at each level were a big plus for me.  You get great role models in the older students; people who you can aspire to be, accelerating your maturity and desire to do more challenging work."

 

Woodland Hill, 2010
Emma Willard School, 2014
University of Vermont, Honors College, 2017
Currently living in Burlington, VT and Niskayuna, NY

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with minor in Community Development and Food Systems

I particularly enjoyed the interactive projects in the elementary years- building dioramas of different time periods and biospheres, as well as all of the class plays- where I always played an animal.  Thus my interest in animals was sparked and nurtured, putting me on my path to study Animal Science.

The mixed-age groups at each level were a big plus for me.  You get great role models in the older students; people who you can aspire to be, accelerating your maturity and desire to do more challenging work.   Additionally, being in a class with younger kids allows you to be a role model and a leader.  I believe every child has the capacity to be a good leader, being around people every day who look up to you and try to emulate you shapes you into a leader whether you know it or not.  At Woodland Hill you learn valuable leadership skills naturally; you learn to interact with and relate to people of all ages.

Three to Five words that describe the Woodland Hill/MSA experience: Independent, Creative, Intuitive, Authentic, Personalized

Current passion: I want to study animal behavior, and put my knowledge to use improving animal welfare anywhere I can (such as in animal shelters and the meat industry)

Honors: Dean List and Honors College

Current Profession/Place of work: I participated in a winter (2015) internship at the Animal Protective Foundation in Scotia, NY and now have a summer job there as an Animal Care Technician.  I love getting to start each day by walking a dog and snuggling with a cat, and I love leaving each day knowing I made a difference in the lives of at least twenty homeless animals.

For Fun: I read voraciously, write, and train dogs and horses when I can.