Major: Early Childhood Education
Mennucci chose RIC because it offered her the opportunity to specialize in early childhood education – “a major many schools did not have,” she noted. “When I talked to other students, I knew this program would be a good fit for me,” she said.
She is the winner of the Sister Mary Francis Ryan, R.S.M. Early Childhood Award, which is given to a graduating senior who exemplifies enthusiasm and dedication to teaching in early childhood education and who has demonstrated leadership. It is named for an alumni and former instructor at RIC.
Mennucci also won the 2016 Student Honor Roll Award and the 2017 Cap and Gown Award for the Early Childhood Education Program.
“My professors have absolutely been the greatest resource at RIC,” said Mennucci. “They truly care about you, both as a student and as a person. The early childhood professors, in particular, have challenged me to be my best and encouraged me to always pursue my goals.”
Mennucci did her student teaching at Raymond LaPerche Elementary School in Smithfield and was asked to return as a substitute after graduation.
Concurrently this fall, Mennucci will attend RIC to begin the master’s program in early childhood special education.
“Having the opportunity to take a graduate level course while still an undergrad, and having so many practicum experiences in various classrooms helped tremendously in preparing me for what lies ahead,” she said.