I grew up in the Seattle area and became a 5th grade teacher. I taught for five years before deciding to pursue my PhD in education at UVA. My research focuses on the teacher education. I am interested in studying who should become a teacher, how they should be prepared, and what supports they will need once they are a classroom teacher. I especially focus on preparing teachers for diversity and enacting culturally responsive pedagogy.
Q&A with Jake
What brought you to the Range?
Two particular aspects drew me into the Range community. The first is that Charlottesville is an expensive place to live. I knew I wanted my own space that I could afford and the Range was perfect to accommodate me in this area. The second is when I was first learning about the Range, I was drawn in to the community aspect which is a core part to living on the Range. Being from Seattle, I did not know anyone at UVA and I felt the Range was a great opportunity to get to know people and especially get to know people outside my field of study.
What are some of your favorite things about the Range?
Probably my most favorite is getting to know other Rangers in the community. I like meeting new people and learning from them and I feel like some of my favorite memories are from the people I became friends with here. Another favorite is the location. I love being connected to the University and being able to walk anywhere from my room. Finally, the fireplace is awesome. I really enjoy just sitting in my room and relaxing by the fire place after a long day of grad school.
What do you like to do for fun? Interests, hobbies, etc.
I like to exercise, read books, play the guitar, hangout with friends, all of that good stuff.
What’s something unique about the Range that you may not find elsewhere?
I think all of the events, informal gatherings, and connections you build through the Range community. I am not sure if there is even another place like this for graduate students at a large University campus.
Who should apply to live on the Range?
People who really want to be a part of the community. Grad school is very stressful and it's nice to spend time with your neighbors and let go of all of your school stresses. I don't think people who just want a place to live should live in this community. Again, to me, it's the core aspect of living on the Range is to build new friendships and connections.
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