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Shelly Laurenzo, M.Ed. ’11

Shelly Laurenzo, M.Ed. ’11Shelly Laurenzo, M.Ed. ’11 has been appointed to a seat on the Waynesboro Public School Board in Waynesboro, Virginia.

Shelly received her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from James Madison University in 2008 and her Master of Education in higher education administration from the College of William and Mary in 2011.

At William and Mary Shelly appreciated the community of scholars. She said, “William and Mary is consistently recognized for the scholarship and research produced by its faculty and students. As a graduate student there I truly appreciated the community of scholars created by my professors and fellow students.”

Currently Shelly serves as a career and academic advisor at James Madison University, a job she has held since she earned her master’s degree. While at W&M she was a graduate assistant in the Career Center and prior to that she worked as an admissions counselor at Mary Baldwin College. She is also serving as the Student Affairs Fellow for the Madison Collaborative at JMU. In this fellowship she devotes about 10 hours a week to a new initiative on campus to teach ethical reasoning skills to students.

Shelly is excited about the opportunity to serve her local community. She said, “Education is a value I have always held closely, instilled in me early on by my grandparents (my grandmother, Virginia Vaiden Bowen was W&M class of 1928!); which is why I ultimately decided to work and become civically engaged in this field. I have always held a strong belief that the public schools are a great value to the local community. I know what a powerful role a public education can play and am forever indebted to my own teachers and educators. Therefore I am very appreciative of having the opportunity to serve my community in this capacity.”