In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Danielle Witter ’15 has been named the Stonehill College Environmental Studies Program’s 2015 Top Graduate.
Witter, an elementary education and environmental studies double major from Rehoboth, Massachusetts, has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.
“Danielle is an academic standout,” says Kristin Burkholder, teaching fellow of environmental science. “She’s earned dean’s List honors every semester since arriving on campus, and has been inducted into multiple honor societies.”
Witter, who is a student teacher for a second-grade class in Canton, Massachusetts, this semester, hopes to work as an elementary school teacher in Massachusetts after graduation.
“The lower elementary grades have always been my favorite, so I hope to work in a first-, second- or third-grade classroom,” says Witter. “After gaining a few years of experience, I hope to ultimately attend graduate school to earn my master’s degree in special education for mild to moderate disabilities.”
Witter is well on her way to that goal, having already passed all of her elementary education Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) exams.
Selected Activities and Achievements
- Vice President of the Stonehill College chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (education)
- Inducted into the Lambda Epsilon Sigma Honor Society (Stonehill College)
- Teach for America Leadership Conference nominee and participant
- Interned at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
- Interned at the Children’s Museum in Easton, Massachusetts
- Publicity coordinator for Students for Environmental Action
- Dean’s list nominee every semester at Stonehill College
- Co-founder and co-chairman of the Freshman Green-Kit Team
- Volunteer at The Farm at Stonehill
- Volunteer at Moreau Hall Elementary School in Easton, Massachusetts
- Resident of Stonehill’s Mindful Living Community