“Carlow was the best choice I ever made. There are so many opportunities for service through leadership. I took these opportunities and ran with them, and honestly, it helped me get a job.”
Chelsea Schreiner is passionate about “teaching people to stand up for themselves, work through their problems, and advocate for themselves.”
She harnesses that energy –and her love for children—as she teaches second grade at College Square Elementary school in Beaver, Pa.
“I consider teaching a kind of service,” she says. “You are servicing people.”
Schreiner credits Carlow for deepening her desire to serve others. As an undergraduate, she student-taught elementary and middle school at Pittsburgh Colfax within Pittsburgh Public Schools, was involved with Carlow’s Mercy Center for Service
(serving as a student ambassador), and participated in two mission trips as part of Alternative Spring Break
She was also was chapter director and student mentor for Strong Women, Strong Girls, a nationally recognized multi-generational mentoring program. She says the experience was transforming for her, and for the young girls she came to know.
“The whole female empowerment aspect of it—seeing third through fifth grade girls and realizing the pressure society puts on them—was eye-opening,” she says. “It really made me think, ‘how can I help them represent themselves and their bodies in a positive way?’”
Schreiner says that leadership experiences such as these—the result of an education at a small, service-oriented college, made all the difference to her.
“Carlow was the best choice I ever made,” she says. “There are so many opportunities for service through leadership. I took these opportunities and ran with them, and honestly, it helped me get a job.”
Today, in addition to her role as a teacher, Schreiner volunteers after school in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood with Higher Achievement
, an inner-city college prep program. This summer she will travel to Haiti as part of a mission trip, dividing her time between a school, a health clinic, and an orphanage.
“My whole philosophy of education, empowerment, communication, and advocating for myself came from Carlow,” says Schreiner. “Carlow has prepared me for everything!”