Graduate Student Spotlights

Leigh Owens

Childhood Education and Special Education

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
Because NYU offers great opportunities for hands-on experiences and fieldwork.
A book I would never sell:
I can never let go of any of my books...
My inspiration is:
all of the kids I've worked with
Something I collect:
stamps in my passport
Why I went to Graduate School:
to become the best teacher I can be, because my students deserve it
The best gift I've ever received:
The longest paper I've ever written:
my undergraduate thesis (76 pages)
The professor who influenced me the most:
my 10th grade history teacher
My favorite coffee:
Green Mountain Vermont Country blend, black
If I could take a year off I would:
travel to as many different countries as I could
My secret passion is:
(English) football
The best invention ever is:

Background Information

Where you grew up:
England, France, Belgium
What are your plans after you graduate?
I'd love to teach abroad, at an international school
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Graduated cum laude from Williams College with a BA in Psychology and Russian, Psychology Honors thesis student
Community Service and Other Activities:
During high school and college, I volunteered as a TA in elementary school classrooms and with a preschool early intervention program, and worked as an after-school tutor. I spent a summer working at a psychiatric hospital for children in Russia as a Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteer, and for the last two years, I taught at a school for children with autism.