Alison Blaine '01 — Humanities Instructor at NC School of Science and Mathematics

As an undergrad at Duke, I didn't know that I would become a teacher, but I did know that I wanted to do something with an international focus in a non-corporate setting.  I eventually went to graduate school and earned my teaching certification and Master's degree. My ICS degree helped me get the teaching jobs I really wanted. Among dozens of applicants for a teaching position, I was selected because of my background in cultural and environmental geography. ICS gave me a frame of reference for seeing both teachers and students as having something valuable to contribute to the learning process, and I am very thankful to have that perspective.