Introducing VAL’s newest Student Support Specialist for Chittenden County, Fia Moser-Hardy! Please join us in welcoming Fia and check out her Q&A:
Q: Where were you born?
A: I was born in Boston, MA, and I moved to Vermont in 2015.
Q: What is your educational background?
A: I hold an M.F.A. in Writing, with a specialization in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I completed a year and a half of my bachelor’s before moving on to graduate school. I enjoyed taking classes in dance, art, writing, and English and French literature at the undergraduate level. In high school, I built a studio art major for myself.
Q: What is an interesting past job you’ve had?
A: In addition to my work at VAL, I am also a published children’s middle-grade author, an adjunct professor, and an art teacher. In the past, I have worked as a dance studio owner, as well as in elementary education.
Q: What is the last book you read?
A: Fiction: Ban This Book, by Alan Gratz
Non-Fiction: Artful Teaching: Integrating the Arts for Understanding Across the Curriculum, K-8, Edited by David Donohue and Jennifer Stuart
Q: How do you enjoy spending your free time?
A: I love to write, paint, and spend time with my dog, Blue.
Q: Why did you choose to work at VAL?
A: I chose to work at VAL because, as someone who took a unique path to my own education, I find joy in helping others carve their own educational pathways. I want to help students feel safe, supported, engaged with their learning, and empowered to reach their goals.
Welcome to VAL, Fia!