Alex Schilperoort, '10
Current Position: Activity services facilitator at Developmental Pathways, an organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities in the Denver, Colo., area.
Why Whitworth? "As a senior in high school, I remember staying in Arend Hall with a freshman host. He introduced me to the inclusive, warm community of students, and I must say that this, more than anything else, drew me to Whitworth."
Whitworth Activities: Participated in En Christo, International Justice Mission club, and played intramural soccer.
Quote: "Professors, classes, friendships and extracurriculars at Whitworth fostered in me compassion, empathy, advocacy and an ability to use my best judgment in gray areas. I must choose all of these to implement on a daily basis to do my job well and with integrity."
Influential Whitworth Professor/Instructor: "Linda Buff, of the education department, who was my freshman seminar professor, knew me well, and I grew to trust her greatly. She was well aware of my interest in teaching, and although I had expressed my doubts and hesitations to her, she told me caringly and confidently that I should be a teacher, and then she told me the reasons why. Her simple but profound statement helped me recognize how others close to me had been affirming the same gifts and passions that Linda saw in me."
Career Goals: "Currently, I am pursuing a teacher preparation internship program at a local K-8 school. If I'm accepted, I will have the opportunity to teach in a classroom, receive my Colorado state elementary teaching license, and complete a master's degree in education at the University of Colorado – Denver. Regardless of whether I am accepted, I intend to pursue teaching as a career."
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