Profiles

Elizabeth Jenkins

Class of 2006
Major/Minor: Major English with a minor in Creative Writing and Hispanic Studies

I often call upon both content and methodology of the liberal arts curriculum in my classroom. I have been influenced by teaching particular novels, plays, and poems because I was first introduced to them by professors at WAC.

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your liberal arts education in your current career?

As a high school English teacher, I use my degree very directly everyday! I often call upon both content and methodology of the liberal arts curriculum in my classroom. I have been influenced by teaching particular novels, plays, and poems because I was first introduced to them by professors at WAC. My classroom is centered on the Socratic teaching method which I was first introduced to at WAC and which I now pass on to my students. We have a student centered classroom rather than me standing in front of them lecturing. Students are encouraged to think for themselves and make discoveries on their own. My time in particular with Dr. Cousineau was hugely influential (I took his courses on the Modernists and Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett) and went on to complete my Master’s with a concentration on Joyce. I still teach Joyce and Beckett annually in my classroom.

Who was your favorite faculty/staff member?

My favorite story is about Dr. Toll (Johnny). It’s pretty short, but I just remember the night, when I was a freshmen, when Johnny sat down with my friends and me in the dining hall and asked if he could have dinner with us. I remember feeling so honored that the president of the college would take time out of his day to come to the dining hall and that he would want to eat dinner with a bunch of freshmen girls!

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

My favorite memory, and there are a lot, so I feel this is equal to many others, would be during my senior year when it snowed. It was always fun at WAC when it snowed because we got to miss class but the school grounds are so compact and walkable that we were still able to get around campus to hang out with friends and watch movies and order pizza. The time in my mind that sticks out, though, was when my suitemates and I decided to go out in front of Howard and make snow angels. It was such a spur of the moment decision, but it was so much fun.

Campus Involvement
  • Writer’s Union
  • Press Club
  • Yearbook
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Dance Club
  • National Dance Honor Society
  • Study Abroad: Cork, Ireland (Spring 2004); Granada, Spain (Spring 2005)
Graduate School:

North Carolina State University, MA in English Literature (Class of 2008)