Class of 2014
Destany Franklin ’14 is an Education Studies minor from Seattle, Washington. She found her passion for education during the summer after her first year at Bates, when she interned at Hillview Housing Authority in Lewiston. “I enjoyed my time so much,” she described, “that I continued working in the community and decided to educate myself by becoming culturally competent about different types of learners, teachers, and institutions.” When she returned in the fall she decided to pursue Education.
Destany has continued to remain a force at Hillview throughout her time at Bates. She has helped both VISTA and AmeriCorps coordinators transition into their positions at Hillview with children’s’ programming. She volunteers for the Aspirations evening and cooking programs as well as fills the role of mentor, tutor, and friend for students. She acts as a key resource and liaison for volunteers interested in working with middle school students.
Destany aspires to both have her own physical therapy practice and establish a nonprofit organization that, “strives to push minorities and underrepresented groups to pursue science and health professions through higher education.” While she is majoring in neuroscience, Destany believes that she can utilize what she learns in the education department to help her become a more effective physical therapist. In her own words, “Considering basic concepts of teaching and learning can benefit any profession where people must work in groups…”
Destany’s favorite education classes at Bates have included: Perspectives on Education, Basic Concepts in Special Education, and Education, Reform, & Politics. She is grateful to have had the support of faculty in the Bates Education Department, who she describes as, “open-minded and non-judgmental.”
Next year Destany plans to attend a post-baccalaureate program for medical studies. She hopes to begin researching “how rehabilitative methodologies in private and public institutions differ in practice, and how they tend to hinder or benefit their prospective patients.”