Welcome Back! 

We hope that everyone had a fantastic summer and are excited to begin another year with the Wren’s Nest. Our mission is to provide a space for students, alumni, faculty, and other members of the School of Education community to engage with ideas that focus on applying scholarship beyond the classroom. We are excited to introduce two new additions to our editorial team, Bronwynn Terrell and Devon Boyers, as well as welcome our returning staff Ryan Patterson and Sam Nussbaum. 

Bronwynn is a current Curriculum & Instruction student in the Elementary Education 5th Year Master’s Program. She graduated this past May with a B.A. in English and Anthropology from William & Mary. For the past six months, she has been involved in two archaeological research projects, one regarding sacred trees and temple sites on the island of Mo’orea and the other involving Numismatics at Jamestown. Children’s literature, however, is her greatest passion and hopes to translate this passion into her classroom. Bronwynn is so excited to be a member of the Wren’s Nest team and can’t wait to see what this year will bring! 

Devon Boyers is a first-year master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the School of Education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and minored in linguistics at William & Mary, where she had the opportunity to complete an undergraduate honors thesis on the Victorian female Bildungsroman during her senior year. She was also able to study abroad at Christ’s College in Cambridge through a William & Mary-sponsored program, fulfilling a life-long dream to visit and study in the United Kingdom. Devon spent this past summer working as the Assistant Program Coordinator in the Center for Gifted Education at the School of Education, facilitating the execution of the SEP and Camp Launch programs. The intersection of her interests in personal narratives, wellness, and social contribution led her to pursue her master’s and licensure as a counselor, which she hopes to use both in private practice and in program and curriculum design. Additionally, Devon currently holds a graduate assistantship at the Cohen Career Center.

Ryan is a developing higher education professional with an academic background in history, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and Spanish. In 2016, she earned her undergraduate degrees from the University of Oregon and she is currently enrolled in the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership-Higher Education master’s program. Ryan’s interdisciplinary research interests include gender and health, internationalization in higher education, transnational histories, and modern social movements and revolutions. She has published research in The Yale Historical Review and the University of West Florida’s Feminist Spaces. One of her most recent research projects, “Disrupt, Defy, and Demand: Movements Toward Multiculturalism at the University of Oregon, 1968-2015,” will be published in the Berkeley Review of Education in the upcoming Spring/Summer 2020 edition.

Sam graduated from William & Mary in 2018 with a B.A. in history and classical studies and is currently pursuing an M.Ed. at the School of Education in Higher Education Administration. Originally from Northern Virginia, she hopes to move anywhere cold after graduation and work in career services or admissions. She joined the Wren’s Nest in the fall of 2018 and now serves as the Associate Editor for the 2019-2020 year. This summer, Sam served as the Assistant Student Life Manager for Northeastern University’s Pre-College Programs and will continue her assistantship at the Cohen Career Center as the liaison for education careers. Sam is excited about the space that the Wren’s Nest provides as an alternative to publishing in a formal academic journal and she enjoys reading insights from across the School of Education. Her interview with Dr. Katherine Barko-Alva is her favorite piece she has published thus far and is looking forward to another great year with the Wren’s Nest.

Wren’s Nest publishes pieces on a monthly basis so look for new content at the end of every month!

We are currently accepting submissions for publication! If you have a piece you would like to publish (reflection from a summer internship, book reviews, policy briefs, etc) please send it to wrensnest@email.wm.edu! We look forward to reviewing your work!