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Job and Internship Resources


Student Organizations and Departmental Resources

  • Teacher Education Department Resources
  • College Access - Organization provides one-on-one and drop-in tutoring and mentoring to help students gain a competitive edge in the college admissions process.
  • ESOL - ESOL facilitates communication with Rockbridge County's increasingly diverse population. Program offers formal classes, individual tutoring arrangements, translation of documents, and interpreting services.

Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with progressional. Below are some alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource. To connect with someone, log in to Colonnade Connections and find their contact information. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.  

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Victoria Bell '14

Victoria Bell graduated in 2014 with a BA in Politics and a double minor in Education Policy and Poverty and Human Capability Studies. Upon graduating, she moved to Washington, DC, and since then, she has acquired a wide range of professional experiences: Victoria is currently the Assistant Director of K-12 Education Relationships at The Philanthropy Roundtable. Prior to her current role, she was the Associate Policy Director for Educational Opportunity at ExcelinEd, where she analyzed state education policies. Victoria has also worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Aide and for a DC-based lobbying firm as Government Affairs Manager. While at W&L, Victoria was an RA and studied abroad in Costa Rica and China.

Anna-Paden Carson '16

Anna-Paden Carson graduated from W&L in 2016 with a BA in Spanish and a minor in Poverty and Human Capabilities Studies. After graduating, she worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Tunja, Colombia before heading to Teach for America Nashville. There she completed two years as a 7th-grade Literacy teacher and graduated from Relay Graduate School of Education with her Masters of Arts in Teaching in 2019. Anna-Paden is certified as a 5th-12th grade English Language Arts teacher, as well as a PreK-12th English as a Second Language teacher. She now works as a founding 10th grade ELA teacher at Valor College Prep, a charter school in South Nashville.

Taylor Gilfillan '13

Taylor Gilfillan is the Houston Regional Lead for Data-Driven Instruction and Achievement for KIPP Texas Public Schools. His goal is to close student achievement gaps in KIPP Houston's 31 schools by helping school and regional leaders make strategic decisions using data, such as test results and teacher surveys. His role includes analyzing data at the classroom, school and regional level in order to lift bold headlines for leaders to act on, creating progress-monitoring systems to help schools stay accountable, and co-creating school improvement plans with key stakeholders. Taylor graduated from Washington and Lee in 2013 with a B.S. in Physics with Honors, and is currently earning his M.S. in Data Analytics from the University of Houston-Downtown.

Erin Nelson '94

Erin participated in the JET Program after W&L and later received her MA in Japanese Literature from Ohio State University. After graduate school, she worked as a linguist for the Director of National Intelligence. Since 2011, she has worked in advancement for non-profits and is currently Senior Director for International Advancement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (based in their Chicago Illini Center).

Joe Porter '03

Several years after working as a student caller and manager for W&L's Annual Fund, Joe accepted a position directing the student phonathon at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He advanced to roles in Skidmore's annual fund, working with volunteers and donors, and leadership gifts, maintaining philanthropic relationships with alumni in various regions throughout the country. He leads a team of six gift officers in his current role as Director of Major Gifts. Joe graduated from Washington and Lee in 2003 with a degree in History.