Tiffany Fisher – ACEL Public Policy Vice-Chair, Ph.D. Student
1. What do you like most about living in Gainesville?
To me, Gainesville is such a sweet spot between a big city and a small town. I like being active with my community, and in Gainesville, that just means I need to show up and get engaged. There is a lot of opportunity to be involved in initiatives to make our city better and to enjoy the great local fun spots and nature adventures.
2. Tell us about your job or area of study.
I am a third-year special education Ph.D. student at UF. I study teacher education, effectiveness and policy.
3. What are some of the biggest challenges you have encountered as a young professional/student?
I was a young single mom, so putting myself through college and teaching was challenging. I found a community of support here, and I learned how to practice self-care and be present in all areas of my life.
4. What is one of the best pieces of career advice you have ever been given?
Learn to say no. I was once told it was arrogant to think I needed to be the one to step up every time there was a need.
5. Outside of your job, what other activities are you involved in?
I engage in advocacy for teacher education and students with disabilities through my professional organizations. This includes attending special education legislative summits in Washington D.C., supporting colleagues in advocacy, and working as a media and social media intern. I have also been involved with supporting local campaigns and initiatives.
6. What do you do for fun in your free time?
See number 5. Just kidding – I am very involved with yoga and meditation. I couldn’t survive without brunches and nights out with my girlfriends.