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Longwood liberal studies major lands summer job teaching gifted children on Yale campus

June 4, 2012

Erika Godwin

Even though she's just a junior in college, Ericka Godwin will soon have an important addition to her resume: "Taught at Yale University."

Godwin, a Longwood University liberal studies major from Carrollton, was selected to work six weeks this summer as a counselor and teacher assistant at the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) held on the Yale campus.

"The SIG attracts children from all around the world to further extend their education while having fun," said Godwin, adding that she recognized her passion for teaching gifted students after working with a similar enrichment program at the University of Virginia. "Through this position I hope to gain more confidence in the classroom when facing students at different learning levels. I also hope to gain friendships and broaden my professional network with the other counselors and staff."

SIG began in 1984 with a single session in New Jersey. It has expanded over the past 26 summers to include 11 residential sessions in nine states and numerous day programs. In 2011, the program enrolled nearly 2,000 academically gifted students in kindergarten through 11th grade. For summer 2012, the three-week SIG program will be held on the campuses of 10 prestigious U.S. universities.

"I am excited and honored to be given this opportunity," said Godwin. "I hope to take everything that I learned in my education classes with me to this program so they can see that Longwood University prepares teachers for the future and how a small university can make a large impact."