Fall 2012 Interns


JaVon Robinson

Greeting and Hello, I am JaVon Robinson and I am currently an intern at Tristan Quest for the Fall 2012 semester. I am working on obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Social Work, minoring in Sociology from the illustrious North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

I am looking forward to interning here at Tristan’s Quest. I love working with kids, and learning about the different abilities that each child has to offer. I am excited about what I am going to learning here at Tristan Quest and what Dr. Jean has to offer. I do not have a certain area just yet but I will keep an open mind and talents open before I graduate. My favorite quote by Dr. Seuss is “Do not cry that it’s over but smile that it happened.”

Heidi Presnell

HI! My name is Heidi Presnell and I am currently an intern at Tristan’s Quest for the Fall 2012 semester.  I will be graduating in December from The University of North Carolina in Greensboro with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development in the Family Studies.  Being from the Greensboro area, I have learned a lot about Tristan’s Quest over the years.  It has been a dream to be able to be a direct part since I realized what I wanted to study.

I am excited to work with the great clients of Tristan’s Quest and get to know their families.  Looking in at the family as a whole is significant when wanting to better assist and get to know each wonderful individual.  I look forward to such programs as Sib Support and Friday Fun Nights so I may learn more through different settings.

My experience here at Tristan’s Quest will only help me better decide what I intend to do after graduation in the fall.  The skills and knowledge that Dr. Jean will be able to teach me and my fellow colleagues will only set us up for success.  With the variety of ages, psychological disorders, and different needs, I look forward to seeing which area will be the best fit for me!

Alice Gunning

My name is Alice Gunning, currently I am working on obtaining my undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in childhood and adolescence.  I plan to graduate in the spring of 2013 from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

When I graduate I plan on going to graduate school for family counseling or occupational therapy.  One of the main reasons that I have chosen this career path is because I love to work with children. I have a huge interest in how a child’s development can influence who they become as adults. My mom teaches kindergarten and after many visits to her classroom, I realized that I would love to be an influence in a child’s life, just like she is.

Blair Doss

Hey, my name is Blair Doss and I am currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I am one semester away from graduating with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Family Studies. During the Fall 2012 semester, I am doing my internship at Tristan’s Quest and am very excited for all the new challenges and knowledge I will gain from here.

When I think about what made me want to be in this field, many things come to mind. However, one particular memory comes to mind. When I was in fifth grade, I was chosen to help a student in first grade who could not pronounce her “c’s”. She would replace her “c’s” with “t’s”. This was an impediment that was fixed though multiple one on one tutoring sessions. I was only in fifth grade when I first helped this little girl to be able to pronounce the word “cat” and “car” rather than “tat” and “tar”. This experience made me realize that I made a difference in this child’s life while I was still a child myself. I remember the sense of accomplishment I felt and she felt when she began pronouncing words correctly.

Currently, I do not know exactly what age child I desire to work with, but at Tristan’s Quest I will be able to work with a variety of different ages. Tristan’s Quest also has a wide array of learning and teaching methods that I can hopefully contribute to. This internship will be an eye opening adventure that will lead me in the right direction.

Leslie Singerman

Hello! My name is Leslie Singerman, and I will be completing an internship at Tristan’s Quest this fall. In December 2012, I will be graduating from UNCG with my B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies (concentration: Child and Adolescent Development in the Family) with a second major in Women’s and Gender Studies (focus: Neurodiversity and Eco-feminism) and a minor in Public Health Education.

After graduation, I plan to become certified in Permaculture Design and create green spaces and gardens with sensory-safe specifications for individuals with differing abilities to enjoy. Eventually, I hope to obtain my M.A. in Woman’s and Gender Studies to continue my work in the emerging academic field of Neurodiversity and earn a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management. I am very much looking forward to working closely with Dr. Jean and the Tristan’s Quest family to further develop my skill set and learn about the administrative side of the Human Service field. I have worked with mostly young children and adolescents with differing abilities (primarily with those with Autism Spectrum Disorders) for 5 years as a Habilitation Technician. I am married to a wonderful man who also works with individuals with differing abilities as a CAP service provider, and together, we have an awesome 4 year-old boy who happens to be on the spectrum. I am part of a very quirky, often eccentric, lovingly green, gluten-free/casein-free/soy-free family, complete with 3 dogs, 2 cats, 6 hens, 5 chicks, and one ornery rooster.