Madison McFarlane to teach middle school

by Tyler Segraves
Our Emory & Henry seniors are preparing to graduate and change the world.

Madison McFarlane, from Emory, Va., will graduate in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary English and a master’s degree in education.

“E&H gave me so many opportunities to put what I was learning to practice,” says McFarlane. “In every class, there was usually an assignment or project that required me to apply what I had learned, so I felt very prepared when it came time to student teach.”

While at Emory & Henry, McFarlane was a member of the Blue Key Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta English honor society and Delta Omicron Pi. She was also a Bonner Scholar and a Student Instructor in the Education Department.

“Dr. Scott Boltwood taught me how to teach English while keeping my love for books, writing, and grammar,” says McFarlane. “I was a student in Dr. Boltwood’s world literature class, and from that moment on, I knew I wanted to be an English teacher too. His classes were always engaging, and I learned so much beyond textual knowledge.”

Additionally, McFarlane says Professor Mark Hainsworth has given her so much advice that she will take into her classroom and Dr. Sandy Frederick has been a mentor who has helped her throughout her entire process of applying and interviewing for jobs.

After graduation, McFarlane will be working as a 6th grade language arts teacher at Wallace Middle School in Bristol, Va.