I was surprised and humbled to be receiving the Pinnacle Scholarship this year. Although I think we all face the professional realm with a bit of healthy trepidation, having the support of a mentor in my final few years of study has eased my fears about the future. If so many LGBTIQ+ people have “made it” before me, despite the trials we as a community face, so can I.
The financial assistance from Pinnacle will also help ease my transition from university to professional life in the classroom. Although I love composing music, I’ve always thought it was important to share the joys of music with young people, just like my music teacher did for me. Armed with an arsenal of whiteboard markers, plenty of enthusiasm and a dog-eared copy of Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”, I’m excited to see where this year will take me.