Theresa Pfister | English Literature

From: Friendship, WI; Current: Charlottesville, VA

Pomona Days: Class of 2013, English Literature Major

Current Employment: Doctoral Student at UVA Curry School of Education and Human Development

Past Education: Master of Arts in Teaching (Childhood Education) at Relay Graduate School of Education (2014-2016)

Past Employment: College Advisor at SEO Scholars, (2016 - 2019), 4th Grade Teacher at Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant (2014-2016); Peace Corps Ethiopia – English Language Teacher (2013-2014)


After a satisfying, challenging, and sometimes terrifyingly winding path, Theresa Pfister is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Sciences program at the University of Virginia.

Through her own experiences as a mentee and then both mentor and educator, she found that caring, empowering connections could predict positive outcomes for all students - regardless of background - and this inspired her to spread this knowledge as both a researcher and practitioner.

Her greatest piece of advice? Find your people. The people who will cheer you on, who will tell you the honest truth when you need it, and who will lift you up when you’ve forgotten you were meant to achieve your loftiest goals. Find these people and cherish them. Oh.

And read literally anything by Brené Brown.