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Jennie Montgomery rounded
Name: Jennie Montgomery
Residence: Anderson, South Carolina
Major: English

Growing up as a pastor’s daughter, Jennie Montgomery always thought her calling in life would be mission work in foreign countries.

But influential teachers, especially her high school English teacher Matthew Truesdale, enlightened her to another path: teaching. Now, the English major from Anderson, South Carolina, hopes to earn her master’s degree in Winthrop University’s MAT5 program and go on to teach middle-school English.

“I realized that a middle-school classroom could be my mission field," she said. "I love that age because there is so much potential. If you have teachers to show students there’s a lot more out there, it can change lives. Teachers have the opportunity to impact lives in a way that most professions don’t allow.”

Montgomery knew early on that if she wanted to teach, Winthrop was the place to be. She said she always assumed she would attend Winthrop for its wonderful education and Teaching Fellows programs.

“I had my heart set on Winthrop,” she said.

She also knew she wanted to be involved across campus, a promise she made to herself in high school.

“Everyone told me these years are going to go by so fast,” she said. “Everyone says college is the best time of your life. I’ve had a lot of opportunities here in ways I wouldn’t have expected.” Opportunities have included her extensive extracurricular activities: Peer Mentor, CLOSE Scholar, Baptist Campus Ministry and sorority Alpha Delta Pi.

Memorable faculty and staff members for her are Assistant Professor of Spanish Catalina Adams, whose passion and energy Montgomery admires, and Sherell Fuller, director of the Teaching Fellows program.

Her Academy 101 course project asked her to reflect on her first semester. Montgomery’s project, a more than 4-minute video, details her fun experiences on- and off-campus, from working out at the West Center to eating lunch on Scholars Walk to tutoring in the Academic Success Center to trips to Carowinds, Cupcrazed, Crowders and an apple orchard.

The result is an A+ assignment that offers a special and touching glimpse into the freshman’s life. View her video.

Armed with her GoPro software, Montgomery hopes her friends will also join in and chronicle their time at Winthrop.

“I want more and more experiences to show about Winthrop University,” she said. “It’s very cool. It’s like in the movies, like your life flashing before your eyes…I hadn’t realized I had experienced so much.”

Montgomery has vastly expanded her video experience. She's worked extensively with the Office of the First-Year Experience, creating promotional and creative content and graphics. 

Last updated 11/10/2017 by NC

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