by: Kadee Blakley, Charlotte Five
Around this time last year, Riley Byrnes-Peterson had her hands full. A student at UNC Charlotte, she was studying Child and Family Development – a course of study about the development of children from birth to kindergarten. But it was the family development part that particularly spoke to Peterson.
“We learn a lot about different family dynamics. A family can be defined by anything,” Peterson said.
Days were long and a grueling schedule often involved traveling to a variety of schools, including private and lower income schools, as a student teacher. But according to Peterson, it was always a labor of love.