Like elves in Santa’s workshop, Remy Partlow and Nancy LaPoint have spent months creating gifts for some of the neediest folks in Lake County. Through the deft art of crochet, they produced scores of colorful shawls to warm the hearts of elderly people who find themselves alone at the holidays.
After attending schools that didn’t know how to support someone with learning differences, Emily Abramson was excited to begin her first semester at Beacon College. Along with earning degrees in human services and psychology in 2019, she also met someone at the Leesburg campus who’d change her life forever: her future husband.
Alicia Minirth loves helping people. That’s the way it’s always been for the Beacon College graduate. As a kid, she remembers wanting to follow in the footsteps of her father, a psychiatrist who helped many of his patients. Minirth, a Dallas native, was drawn to the mental health field, too. But as a child, Minirth was diagnosed with ADHD and had a difficult time navigating her diagnosis and treatment. As an adult, the same fears of being treated differently were still very real.
John Paul Grigsby transferred to Beacon College as a junior in search of a school better suited to teach a student with ADHD. Grigsby’s academic struggles continued, at least early on. Then a professor told the Class of 2006 graduate that the staff at the Lake County college for students with learning disabilities was not going to abandon him. No way, no how. “That turned a light on in my head that [had me thinking], ‘Well, shoot, if they’re not going to give up on me, I can’t give up on myself,’’’ he said.
After graduating from Beacon College in December 2018, Sweet put his Bachelor of Science degree in anthrozoology to good use as an intern for several marine animal care facilities. His work provides care for aquatic animals that have been in harm’s way and enables those creatures to help people. The best part: Sweet gets to train bottlenose dolphins face-to-face.
He currently works as an animal behaviorist intern for Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo, Fla. In and out of the water, he trains bottlenose dolphins to provide animal-assisted therapeutic and educational programs for kids, adults with special needs, and their families and caregivers.
Serena Partlow at TEDx Serena Partlow took her poetry show on the road in January landing a plum spot in the TEDx Eustis 2020 event convened at the Bay Street Players Theater in downtown Eustis, Fla. Local, self-organized TEDx events bring together people to share a TED-like experience. TED — short for Technology, Entertainment and […]
Lindsey Flax now knows more than ever that Google is no joke. With her looming graduation from Beacon College in May, Flax pondered what she would do during the summer and beyond. As a psychology major who minored in studio arts — with an emphasis on diverse learning strategies and art integration-based education practices — […]
When Michael Tabankin learned the FL-AHEAD (Florida Association on Higher Education and Disability) launched a contest to sunset its dated sunshine logo and swap it for something fresh, he picked up the gauntlet. Drawing on his Beacon bachelor’s degree in web and digital media design, Tabankin went to work on what he hoped would prove […]