Alumni Spotlight

Jacob Pinckney: The diagnosis doesn’t change the prognosis for success

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Jacob Pinckney

It wasn’t long after Jacob Pinckney began sneaking into his mom’s office to borrow her nursing books and soak up knowledge that he began nursing dreams of donning a long white coat.

Becoming a doctor — a parent’s dream job for a child.

However, for Jacob, his self-proclaimed prognosis abruptly flat-lined before it ever really breathed life.

Early on, his parents noticed Jacob flouted developmental milestones. He struggled to read beginner books. When it came to writing, his brain seemed to operate faster than his fingers could keep up.

Teachers segregated him during tests because they reckoned Jacob would die of embarrassment during tests. Though well intentioned, he was slowly dying from isolation.

Rosalyn Johnson

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Rosalyn Johnson

Rosalyn Johnson, Class of 2009, not only has a busy schedule with academic and professional obligations, she has also been committed to strengthening alumni relations with the College. Rosalyn believes it is important that alumni continue to act as faces and voices for Beacon, shattering misconceptions and showing the community that students with learning disabilities can excel academically and professionally. This commitment has been noticed even by other alums, as is evidenced by the fact that Rosalyn was nominated by a fellow alum to become a member of the first Alumni Council. Elected Secretary, Rosalyn will have a major role in establishing the Council and laying the foundation for alumni relations for years to come.