National Alumni Society MemberName: Ceil Jenkins Snow
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): Master of Arts in Education (Health and Physical Education Recreation Major), UAB 1975
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Current town: Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Current employer and job: UAB Governmental Affairs – Director for Local Governmental Relations
What is your favorite UAB memory? I was born in University Hospital so I have come full circle! My memories as a student are my extraordinary professors and as an employee, the team effort atmosphere.
How has UAB impacted your life? Having a graduate degree from UAB afforded me many opportunities for which I am grateful.
What made you choose your current profession? I am fascinated by the political process.
What lessons has your professional life taught you? It is important to be able to work well with a variety of people and follow through to keep things moving along.
What would you do if you were given more time in each day? I would slow down my routine and embrace the beauty God has surrounded us with. I would also spend more time with my daughter and grandchildren.
What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? Cell phones!
If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? A cure for terminal diseases, a chance to see my grandchildren grow to be happy healthy adults and live in a peaceful world.
If you could go back to any age…which age and why? High School age—and pay more attention in class.
Which historical figure do you most identify with and why? I cannot think of anyone that I am worthy to identify with.
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? Famine. No child should ever have to go hungry.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? Speed reading.
What trait(s) do you most value in your friends? Trustworthiness, honesty, kindness.
Who would you want to portray you in a film about your life? Meryl Streep
What is your motto? “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Never look backward. If you fall, pick yourself up and keep moving forward.
If you could start a charity or non-profit organization, what would it be and why? A mentoring program for children who have no parental guidance or support. Self-esteem is a positive encourager for personal success.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Galapagos Islands to experience the wonder of God’s untouched creation.
What is something you are proud of and why? I am proud to be the mother of the wonderful young woman, wife and mother that my only child, Carrie, turned out to be.
What is the last book you read? Eat The Cookie…Buy The Shoes! By Bible teacher and author, Joyce Myers.
Student Alumni Society MemberName: Rebecca “Becca” Wilson
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): Bachelor of Science (Child Development) – Florida State University 1996, Master of Science (Child Development) – Florida State University 1997, Master of Arts in Education (Early Childhood/Elementary Education) - UAB Graduation in May 2013
Hometown: Crawfordville, Florida
Current town: Moody, Alabama
Current employer and job: Alternative Master’s student in Education; completing Student Internship at Margaret Elementary School (Kindergarten and 4th grade Math/Science)
What is your favorite UAB memory? Making salt maps with Marla in Mrs. Fly’s social studies class.
How has UAB impacted your life? My professors have all taught me that we never stop learning. Instilling this in our children is paramount as a teacher. Modeling this for my students will always be a part of my future classrooms.
Why did you choose to attend UAB? I chose to attend UAB because it had the best Alternative Master’s Program in Elementary Education in the area.
Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far and why? This is impossible to answer. I have had many influential and inspiring professors at UAB. Debbie Fly, Kathy Scott, and Joe Burns have all taught me through words and actions that the best teachers are those who have a deep passion for learning and instilling that in their students.
What made you choose your current profession? I want all children to succeed. Having a firm foundation is crucial. I want to be a small part of setting children up to reach their potential.
What lessons has your professional life taught you? You never know what life has in store for you. Every moment is a teachable moment and must be seized upon. We owe it to our children to give them our very best. We only have one year to make a lifelong difference. We cannot waste a moment.
What would you do if you were given more time in each day? Spend it with my husband and my own children. (Alexandra is 5, and Lucy is 3.)
What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? Smart-Phones. We are now able to connect instantly with others throughout the world.
If you could go back to any age…which age and why? 13 – Just before my sister was diagnosed with diabetes that changed her life and our family in countless ways.
Which historical figure do you most identify with and why? Abraham Lincoln – sometimes you have to do what is right and not what is popular.
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? Apathy. If there were no apathy so many other problems would evaporate right before our eyes.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? Play the piano.
What trait(s) do you most value in your friends? Honesty, kindness, empathy, and humor.
Who would you want to portray you in a film about your life? My husband thinks Gwyneth Paltrow.
What is your motto? Plan for everything.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Have good behavior management in your classroom. If you can’t control your students, you won’t be able to teach them anything no matter how good a teacher you are. The two are linked and cannot be separated.
If you could start a charity or non-profit organization, what would it be and why? Helping the families of our soldiers who are serving overseas. Making sure that they are taken care of spiritually, emotionally, and financially. This is not solely the military’s job but the responsibility of all of Americans.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? New Zealand to see all the gorgeous scenery.
What is something you are proud of and why? I am so proud of my brother-in-law who served our country in Afghanistan last year. He is a true hero. I am also proud of my sister and nephew for the sacrifice that they made to share him with all of America to help ensure our freedoms and promote freedom around the world.
What is the last book you read? The Hunger Games Trilogy
What is your current state of mind? I am excited about having my own classroom one day. I am eager to leap this last hurdle toward my degree.
What do you do for fun? Hang out with my little girls.
Who are your heroes in real life? My mother and grandmother.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Knowing the future.
What are your future goals? Secure a teaching job, survive my first year of teaching, and make a difference in the lives of my students.
What would be your ultimate dream job? An elementary teaching position with a classroom that has a SMART Board, enough space for a writing center, a library with thousands of books, area for math centers and manipulatives, iPads and laptops.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be? Neil Armstrong
If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be? The Ultimate Planner