Alysha Cieniewicz, M.Ed is currently a teacher with Horry County School District, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She has over two years of teaching experience in both South Carolina and Pennsylvania. Also, throughout the year and the summer months, Alysha works with People to People, which is a non-profit organization. Through working with People to People, she’s been able to travel with students abroad to England, Ireland,Wales, and Scotland. She also acts as a Delegation Leader and Primary Leader for their domestic educational programs, which travel to places such as UCLA, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and more. This year she was promoted to Academic Primary Leader for the International Diplomacy Program, which travels to Columbia University and George Washington University. It’s her responsibility to reconstruct the curriculum for the program, organize a list of countries, topics, and summaries, and teach students about Model United Nations, in order to assist them with partaking in their own Model United Nations debate.
Prior to moving down to South Carolina, Alysha worked for Congressman Tim Holden, of Pennsylvania, while attending school at American University her freshman year of college. She continued to work with his local district office, along with Judge Tim Rowley’s office, when she transferred to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Years of working in government, acting as an academic counselor at St. Joseph’s University, participation in Forensic Speech and Debate, and volunteering with local crisis shelters have allowed Alysha to hone her skills as an educator and leader. Also, she gained valuable insight about the application process for colleges, transferring, and how to best advise incoming freshmen. After graduating summa cum laude from St. Joseph’s University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Secondary Education from St. Joseph’s University, Alysha moved down to South Carolina to continue her studies. Her induction into the Golden Key International Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, and Kappa Delta Pi transferred down with her as she pursued her Master’s in Education in Learning and Teaching with a specialization in Literacy.
She graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Coastal Carolina University in May of 2013. During her time at Coastal Carolina University, Alysha served on several search committees within the literacy department to assist in the process of hiring new faculty,for the expanding program. She also worked with admissions in assisting withinterviewing potential students for admissions atCoastalCarolinaUniversity. This past fall, Alysha went back to CCU to obtain her Gifted and Talented endorsement makingher highly qualified to teach College Prep and Honors Social Studies and English courses.
Over the years, Alysha uses her experience to guide her friends and students around her in finding their best fit. She has assisted several students in finding scholarships for in-state colleges, teaches students about crafting compelling resumes, aids them in developing compelling application essays, and encourages students to find internships to participate in before and during college. It’s her overall goal to help those around her make a smooth transition into college, no matter what age they are starting at. Alysha was the first person in her immediate family to attend college, while growing up in a single-parent household, so she knows how overwhelming the college application process can be and only hopes to guide those using the experience she’s gained throughout the years.