Mary Beth Tignor

Class of 2013

Her love of this region and her passion for education are the fuel to her daily work. 

Mary Beth was a part of the first Emory & Henry Honors Program cohort that graduated in Spring 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Community Service. Currently, she is working as an AmeriCorps with Appalachian Sustainable Development and pursuing a Master’s degree in Education with a focus area of Middle School Science. 

Serving the community of this region has always been one of Mary Beth’s passion and love. As a student at Emory & Henry, she served as a volunteer of an on-campus after school program called Highlands Project. She said, “Through this program and some of my courses, I developed a passion for education and the children in this area.” Since then, she has created and is the current coordinator of a after school program at a local elementary school. Her most memorable experience in the Honors Program is going to New York City as an upperclassman leader with First-Year Honors Scholars. After her first trip to New York City, Mary Beth had learned a lot from her experiences and really enjoyed sharing them with the First-Year Honors Scholars. 

Extracurricular Activities:

Highlands Project 

“Don’t take this experience for granted and always do your best. Being in the honors program is an honor, not a privilege. As an honors program student you are a leader on campus and someone to be looked up to, so don’t take that lightly. Also, you can do it! It will be hard, but don’t give up.”


— Mary Beth Tignor, E&H ’13


Environmental Studies

Civic Innovation (Public Policy and Community Service) 


Lebanon, VA