Zoe Valdepeñas-Mellor ’18

Eckerd College
For Zoe, sometimes the “how” as much as the “what” made a class interesting.

Why did you find some classes particularly memorable?

Algebra 3 which I took during my first year was interesting because of the way the class was taught. Half of the time, our teacher Travis Ortogero led the class. During the other half, we talked about the lessons with our classmates and played interesting games that helped us learn the subject matter. Talking and asking questions was highly encouraged. If you could explain a concept to someone else, you truly knew the material.

My favorite class junior year was robotics, and it was also memorable because of the way it was taught. The class had an online textbook, created by one of our robotics teachers. We read the book at our own pace and completed exercises to solidify the material in order to be able to program the robot we designed at the end of the year.

What was your favorite thing about boarding?

Boarding life is a home away from home. The dorm staff become your parents, prefects become older siblings, and the other residents become your sisters.

More about Zoe:

A junior peer group leader and sports team captain, Zoe was also on the Student Activities Board and the cross-country, swim, and track teams.