At 24, Anna Laird has seen more of the world than many adults get to see in a lifetime. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Collegiate High School graduate has visited or lived in 11 countries. She also spent two years in the Peace Corps as a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) instructor in the Kyrgyz Republic.
“SPC was an important stepping stone to achieving my goals and getting me to where I am today,” said Laird, who now teaches English to kindergarteners in a small private school in Seoul, South Korea.
As one of 57 students in the first class at SPCHS, she graduated with a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts degree from SPC simultaneously in May 2007. She credits SPC for helping bring the world to her door by preparing her for university life and the work force beyond.
“SPC and SPCHS helped prepare me to be not only a successful student, but also a successful member of my community,” said Laird, who graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies in August 2009. “Some of the classmates and teachers I encountered during my time at SPC helped inspire me to see as much of the world as possible and to give back to the community.”
She has nothing but fond memories of her time at SPC and has stayed in contact with some of her professors over the years, keeping them up-to-date with all that she has accomplished and experienced.
Laird is applying for graduate school at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom, where she plans to study International Development and Human Rights in the fall.
“My time in the Peace Corps exposed me to the need for professionals with sustainable development experience,” she said. “I hope to work in this field after receiving a master’s degree.”