Alumni Profile

Kaelyn Modrak '09

Assistant School Instructor, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

I grew up in Rochester, New York and came to Saint Michael's because I wanted to go to college in Vermont--it's such a beautiful part of the world--and I wanted to go to a small school where I could feel like I was part of a community.

I always knew I wanted to be an English major.  My favorite books are Persuasion by Jane Austen and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. My favorite classes were Critical Theory with Nat Lewis and Milton with Nick Clary. We had incredible discussions--it was so interesting!

I planned to go to graduate school for English literature after St. Mike's but because of the service trips I had done through MOVE when I was a student, I chose to join AmeriCorps. I worked in Maine and Cape Cod, then went to Alabama and taught at the McDowell Environmental Center. 

Now I work for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps as an assistant school instructor. I teach a crew of nine students in an alternative work-based education program; we do work projects that are tied to academics like pruning apples at a university horticultural farm, animal and forest ecology, community-based food preparation and more.

At Saint Michael's I learned to question everything and to think critically. That has made me a good teacher and set me up for a really satisfying life.

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