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Citing LVC Role Model, Alum Emily Dickey Makes Positive Impact on Her High School Students

English major Emily Dickey teaches an English class

A 2015 finalist for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, Emily Dickey ’00 is making an impact on Waynesboro Area Senior High School students. Dickey, who graduated from LVC with a degree in English, teaches AP Language and Composition, Journalism, and Broadcast Journalism.

Recognizing her role in mentoring young students, Dickey cites Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson, professor of English, as one of her education role models. 

“When I teach my AP Language and Composition students, I find myself conducting class as I remember him doing it—with an openness and acceptance for all who enter,” she said.

Dickey cites LVC’s English program as well-rounded and challenging, which helped her improve as a writer, reader, listener, and speaker.

“I feel confident in my knowledge of the English language and its literature because of the wide depth of study and exposure that LVC offers,” she said. “The professors helped me find myself as a writer and encouraged me to polish my talents. As a result, I know that the standards I hold my students to will help them reach their full potential because that is the example I was led by at LVC.”

Along with developing her professional skills, Dickey participated in several of the almost 100 student activities at LVC. She performed in Wig and Buckle Theater productions, wrote for the campus newspaper, La Vie, and joined a sorority.

“With such a wide range of activities to choose from, I was truly able to grow and realize who I was as an individual,” she said. “I became me.”