Hey there, I’m Jessa King! I am originally from a small town in Southwestern Virginia named Cana. I graduated from Ferrum College in 2016 as a Boone Honors graduate with a double major in English and Spanish with a minor in Democracy, Justice, and Civic Engagement.
During my time at Ferrum, I was very involved in community service work through both organizations and and internship. This involvement was instrumental in my decision to apply for a position as a teacher with the organization Teach for America. Through the opportunities I was given through the Boone Honors Program and as a Ferrum College student, I was successful in this endeavor and chosen for this prestigious program.
Teach for America is a NPO that places qualified people in high-needs school across the country. I was placed in Marianna, Arkansas where I teach 9th and 10th grade English. Teaching has been the greatest challenge of my life as well as the most rewarding thing I have ever attempted. While I miss Ferrum a great deal, my students have quickly become like a new family for me.
I’m not sure what my future holds, but that is the same way I felt during the majority of my time at Ferrum and that worked out for me! 🙂