Claire Bashore Bremner '09
Randolph-Macon College alumna Claire Bashore Bremner ’09 is the
librarian at Washington-Henry Elementary School in Hanover County, Virginia. An
internship she participated in while she
was a student at R-MC helped prepare her for the fast-paced life of a solo librarian.
“I interned at several Hanover County schools after taking a class at R-MC called
REAL Experiences in Education,” says Bremner, who majored in
English. “I talked to Education Professor
Leslie Roberson and told her I’d like to learn more about the role of the school
librarian.” Bremner spent a total of 130 hours interning at elementary, middle and
high school library media centers. The experience deepened her understanding of
how libraries function.
“My internship gave me a jump-start on graduate school, student teaching, and my
career,” says Bremner. “I gained experience as a school librarian by teaching K-12
lessons, working with classroom teachers, and using instructional technologies.
Interning with a variety of librarians also helped me to define my teaching style.”
Bremner, who earned her M.S. in education from Longwood University with a certification
in K-12 school library media, collaborates daily with teachers to incorporate library
skills and 21st century skills into engaging, inquiry-based lessons, and she’s responsible
for acquisitions, processing materials, and administering school-wide reading- promotion
Bremner, who recently co-presented at the Virginia Association of School Librarians
conference, was inspired to become a librarian because of a fellow Yellow Jacket.
“Michael Mudd ’98 was my fifth-grade teacher and gave me my first
reference point of an amazing teacher,” says Bremner. “I knew that he went to Randolph-Macon.
When I was at R-MC, Michael encouraged me to connect with Hanover County Public
Schools when I told him I had an interest in becoming a school librarian. As a result
of my relationships with R-MC alumni and Hanover County
Public Schools, I have a whole ‘family’ of connections.”
The R-MC Experience
“You aren’t a number or just a face in the crowd,” says Bremner of the Randolph-Macon
College experience. “You have the opportunity to go further with your education
than just the course catalog. A Randolph-Macon education isn’t just based on a checklist
of what courses you’ve taken and what courses you need to take. It is a combination
of your goals, interests and ambitions. It’s pretty special.”
Paving the Way for Success
Rather than prepare students for one career, Randolph-Macon College prepares students
for a lifetime of careers in an ever-changing world. Exceptional faculty work with
students to cultivate their ability to think critically and analytically and to
find creative solutions for solving problems. R-MC graduates are well-prepared for
successful careers, often far outside of their areas of study.
The Randolph-Macon EDGE,
the cornerstone of the Center for Personal and Career
Development, helps Randolph-Macon students lead the pack when competing
for jobs and top graduate schools. Students have the support of faculty, career
coaches, alumni and staff as they focus on their personal and academic ambitions.
Students may choose to pursue paid or volunteer internships in a wide variety of
settings. The Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in academic internships both in the U.S.
and around the globe for 30 years. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and
Career Development, the program helps students identify their interests and matches
them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
alumni provide a strong network of support for students throughout their
time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with career direction
The college’s Four-Year Degree
Guarantee guarantees in writing that freshmen who meet the Four-Year Degree
Guarantee requirements will graduate within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon
will waive tuition costs for courses needed to complete the degree. Currently, 95
percent of R-MC graduates complete their degree in four years or less—an important
value-added benefit for parents to consider when visiting colleges with their students.
Study Abroad programs offer students
a beyond-the-classroom global perspective and opportunities to immerse themselves
in other cultures. Students can choose from a host of travel courses during January
Term and semester-abroad programs.
The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
program gives students the opportunity to conduct 10 weeks of original research
under the guidance of faculty mentors. Many students present their findings at national
and international conferences.