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Abigail Fitzwater, Class of 2016

Abigail Fitzwater graduated from University High School in 2016. After high school, she attended Butler University and earned degrees in mathematics and secondary education. She currently works as a math teacher at Zionsville Community High School. Below, Abigail answers a few questions about being a teacher and how University prepared her for college and beyond.

What have you been up to since leaving University?

I graduated from Butler University in May of 2020 with a degree in mathematics and a degree in secondary education with a concentration in math. Over the summer, I accepted a job at Zionsville Community High School teaching Algebra II and Geometry.

How do you feel University best prepared you for college and life beyond?

University really taught me how to communicate. All of my teachers and my mentor encouraged me to advocate for myself and pushed me to be more self aware when it came to my education.

Do you see that the core values you learned at University still apply to your life now? How?

The core values pushed me to be a better person. They did that when I was at UHS, and even now I work at seeing things from others’ perspectives, taking a step back and thinking things through, and advocating for myself.

How did University prepare you for this challenging year as a teacher?

University taught me that I can handle difficult situations and that I’m not alone. I am also able to spend time working on building relationships with my students on a one-on-one basis, something that probably wouldn’t have happened in a non-COVID year.

Now that you are a teacher what would you like to say to your teachers at University?

Thank you for giving me a chance and pushing me to do better, even when I didn’t want to. Thank you for giving me opportunities to see if education was my path. Thank you for investing in me.

What would you say to current students?

Talk to your mentor. Ashley Crockett-Lohr helped me so much. She was always there to listen, and she still is. Your mentor knows you so well by the end, if you give them the chance to. Ashley was able to help me when I was at my highest and my lowest.