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Danyell Farris


Danyell Farris began her journey with the university when she was accepted into the Upward Bound Program in her freshman year of high school. After graduating, Farris soon began working at UAFS in the Office of International Relations as a student worker. While there, she was actively engaged with the study abroad programs. This experience helped her to later create an individualized program to study in Granada, Spain for a summer in order to practice her Spanish skills.


During Farris’s last semester at UAFS while she was completing her internship, the World Languages Department was approached by a local school for a recommendation. The Spanish teacher that had been currently working at Central Schools was going to be going on maternity leave, and the principal wanted a fresh new student to occupy the long term substitute position. Farris was quickly recommended and hired on.


This small referral turned into much more when Farris was later offered the full-time teaching position for the upcoming school year. She is currently working at Greenwood High School. Farris uses her experiences abroad in order to teach her students about the thriving culture and language of Spanish.


She encourages everyone to take full advantage of the endless amounts of opportunities UAFS has to offer. “My life has been impacted by this university more than I could have ever imagined when I first applied to Upward Bound. I have had help in not only furthering my education and career, but also furthering what I thought was possible of my future. I will be forever grateful to the staff and professors at UAFS for all the hard work they put in to help make me who I am today!”