Hi! My name is Amber Burns, and I just finished my Freshman year at Longwood University. I am a Liberal Studies- Elementary and Middle School major, with a concentration in Special Education, and a scholar of the Cormier Honors College.

As early as I can remember, I knew that when I grew up, I wanted to help people. Sure, this changed from wanting to be a nurse, all the way to an astronaut at one point, but my mind always brought itself back to the goal of becoming a teacher. I have always tutored my friends throughout school, and even helped teach lessons in my high school years. My senior year of high school, I got to have an aid position in my school’s special education class and every other day, I would be a teaching assistant and get to help teach those students about all things from cooking meals for themselves to counting numbers. It was the highlight of my high school career, and I knew from that moment on, that special education is where I belonged.

Longwood quickly became my home away from home, and aside from learning how to become the teacher that I’ve dreamed of, I have started to become involved in campus life. I was invited to join the Special Education Ambassadors back in December of 2019, and have recently been elected as one of the leaders of the Special Projects Committee for the fall 2020 semester. I have also volunteered with the Longwood Life program, as well as volunteered with numerous events for the Cormier Honors College, including the prospective student day. Additionally, I have recently been hired with the First Year Experience department as a Peer Mentor for the summer and fall of 2020.