Abigail Jones is a May 2020 graduate of Shippenburg University. She completed her major in early childhood education and picked up minors in history and reading while on her academic journey.

A graduate of Boonsboro High School, Jones was drawn to Ship’s longstanding tradition of teacher education preparation.

“The on-campus elementary school was the biggest draw for me and I was lucky enough to end up student teaching in fourth grade at Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School,” Jones said.

Experiences like that left Jones with plenty of confidence to move forward after receiving her degree. Not only did she feel her major prepared her to prepare her future students, but she credits her minor in reading with giving her even more flexibility in the future.

“I hope to eventually obtain a certificate to be a reading specialist helping students with literacy intervention needs. My Reading Minor instilled this desire and prepared me for an alternative future position,” Jones said.

Jones stayed active throughout her Ship career with involvement in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Pi and Leader@Ship. She was also a student manager at the Ceddia Union Building information desk and completed an internship with Ship’s Office of Inclusion, Innovation, and Investment. These diverse experiences, on top of plenty of hard work in the classroom, left Jones feeling confident that she developed the professional and life skills to succeed in the future.

“I’ve met my best friends, worked with the best people and have been taught by the best professors in the Shippensburg community,” Jones said.

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