Kenneth White '12
Randolph-Macon College alumnus Kenneth White ’12 is a 6th-grade
United States History teacher at Walker Grant Middle School (WGMS) in Fredericksburg,
Virginia. His first days at WGMS were especially busy—opening lockers for nervous
students was just one of his tasks—and he quickly focused on establishing a positive,
safe, and “brain-friendly” learning environment for his charges.
“My job is fulfilling because I have the opportunity to shape young minds and prepare
students for not only academic success, but for successful lives,” says the Surry
County, Virginia native. White, who majored in history
and minored in secondary education, credits
Randolph-Macon with preparing him for a challenging career.
“I teach my students the skills they need to compete in a world where critical thinking,
writing and communication skills are key,” says White. “I sharpened my skills in
those areas with the help of First-Year Experience
Professors Marilyn Mattys (drama) and Alphine
Jefferson (history), and other R-MC professors.
In addition, Head Football
Coach Pedro Arruza was a great role model—he taught me to always do my best.”
White is the chairperson for the Climate of High Expectations committee at WGMS.
The committee recently created a “lunch buddy” mentoring program in partnership
with the University of Mary Washington athletics program. He also serves as the
WGMS football coach and as an assistant coach for the basketball and track teams.
Giving Back to R-MC
White recently returned to campus to teach students enrolled in Education Professor
Leslie Roberson’s Reading in the Content Areas class.
“It was a great and humbling experience,” he says. “I taught aspiring teachers about
lesson planning, unit planning and ‘brain-friendly’ strategies. I also shared tips
on the importance of enjoying the teaching experience.”
“We could not be prouder of Kenneth,” says Roberson, the director of Teacher Preparation
and Educational Outreach. “He truly is destined for greatness in his chosen field.”
within the Center for Personal and Career Development,
was invaluable in helping White establish his career.
“Cathy Rollman, the director of professional development, was more than willing
to help me with any questions I had about the interview process,” recall White.
“Because of The EDGE, I had two job offers before I graduated
from R-MC. Every student should take advantage of what the Center has to offer.”
White enjoys staying connected to his alma mater.
“One of the major lessons I learned at R-MC was to believe in the ‘moment of connection,’”
he says. “For example, Rachel Jeter ’10 offered great advice when
I was interviewing for my job. She was crucial in helping me come to the decision
of making Fredericksburg the launching pad of my career. In addition, I frequently
network with alumni for advice, mentorship and counsel.”
White also serves as an executive director for One Change, and he can often be seen
cheering on the Yellow Jacket football team.
“I would tell incoming freshmen to take advantage of every opportunity that R-MC
offers,” he says. “If you follow that advice, not only will you have the best four
years of your life, but you will have a lifetime bond with a community located at
the ‘center of the universe.’ What could be better than that?”
Paving the Way to Success
R-MC prepares students for a lifetime of careers in an ever-changing world. With
the help of programs such as The EDGE,
The Four-Year Degree Guarantee, the Bassett
Internship Program, the Study Abroad
program, and SURF, R-MC graduates are well-prepared
for successful careers, often far outside of their areas of study.