LEND Trainees 2017-2018

Bryant “Tyler” JohnsonBryant “Tyler” Johnson 

What is your major/discipline? - Public Health (emphasis: Epidemiology and Biostatistics) with an undergraduate background in behavioral/social psychology

What is your career goal for the future? - Working with children/adolescents who have learning disabilities and their families; being an advocate for individuals with learning disabilities (SHORT ANSWER: School Psychology).

What little known fact would people find surprising about you? - I am a National Association of Underwater Instructors certified scuba diver.

How did you find out about the LEND Program? - A former colleague and friend of my mom informed me about an open position at the Institute for Disabilities Studies (IDS) for a LEND trainee position.

What has been your favorite part of LEND? - Getting to interact with people and having experiences I wouldn't have had before; gaining a new perspective on disabilities and the resources available.

What advice would you give to future LEND trainees? - A couple of years ago, I would probably not have pursued an opportunity working with people with disabilities (a few less-than-positive experiences can shape someone's perception). But LEND has provided me the opportunity to work with individuals with a neurological disorder, as well as making me aware of possible job, education, and career opportunities within this field. 

Is there a quote or motto you use in your life? Please share . . .  

 

"I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are..."

-Pokémon: The First Movie

 

Dan LewisDan Lewis

What is your major/discipline? self-advocacy

What is your career goal for the future? Work doing closed captioning

What little known fact would people find surprising about you? I am a fan of apes and find them fascinating.

How did you find out about the LEND Program? Through students, friends and colleagues

What has been your favorite part of LEND? Presenting topics to the other students through the computer

What advice would you give to future LEND trainees? It is so important to give people with neurological disorders more opportunities. 

Is there a quote or motto you use in your life?  Please share . . .   

 

“Always believe in yourself.  Regardless of how hard life can be, just believe!”

-Dan Lewis

 

Danielle “Alyssa” ParksDanielle “Alyssa” Parks

What is your major/discipline? Social Work

What is your career goal for the future? My dream is to work as a pediatric social worker helping children with life threatening illnesses and their families. If that does not work out right away, I would love to possibly become a school social worker or work with young people with disabilities.

What little known fact would people find surprising about you? Despite me being a girl, I know A LOT about football. I am one of the biggest football fans, specifically Auburn football fan. WAR EAGLE until the day I die. Also, a lot of people may not know I consider myself a tomboy. I grew up with a lot of boy cousins. We spent a lot of time in the woods, playing football, camping, hunting, riding four-wheelers, and fishing.

How did you find out about the LEND Program? As an undergraduate, I was a Luckyday Scholar. When I was looking for a graduate assistantship, the Luckyday Coordinator Jason Quigley was generous enough to help me with looking for positions. He referred me to the LEND Program because he had interned with IDS in the past. He thought it would be a great fit for me and thought I would succeed in this position.

What has been your favorite part of LEND? I like the fact that it allows me and my fellow LEND trainees to truly make a difference in people’s lives. We are doing this by helping them find resources and information that relates to their lives. Also, I like that it truly is an opportunity that has gotten me out of my comfort zone.

What advice would you give to future LEND trainees? Take advantage of the opportunities that are given to you. Those opportunities may never come again.

Is there a quote or motto you use in your life?  Please share . . .   

 

“Grip. Draw. Anchor. Aim. Release.”

-Louie Giglio

 

Ivry RaybornIvry Rayborn

What is your major/discipline? I am a first year master’s student in Counseling Psychology.

What is your career goal for the future? My main goal is to work with a population in which I can work with families and/or adolescents and children with disabilities.

What little known fact would people find surprising about you? My first experience being with more than five children was my first job as a teacher assistant for a special education classroom.

How did you find out about the LEND Program? I found out about the LEND program through friends in my cohort and my training director who told me that LEND would fit me perfectly. I am so glad that I found out about this program because I have found my passion in life.

What has been your favorite part of LEND? I love the information I learn in my LEND classes. I really enjoy talking about current events happening in the community.

What advice would you give to future LEND trainees? Future trainees, enjoy every little minute and every activity while you’re here because it passes by so quickly.

 

 

Is there a quote or motor you use in your life?  Please share . . . 

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” 

-Phil Collins

“Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet”

 

 -Robert H. Schuller