April is interested in natural living, education, (conservative) politics, and arts and crafts and related projects that encourage creativity.
April completed an undergraduate degree program in social policy, which encompassed the fields of political science, economics, and sociology. Coursework centered around law and government, mental health care, and education. April completed an internship at the National School Boards Association and the Northern European Field Studies Program in Norway. Topics covered involved social policy in the European Union and comparative studies of social systems in countries that had not yet joined the EU.
April completed a graduate program in education with a concentration in teaching blind students. Coursework introduced students to methods of teaching skills specific to blind learners (i.e., Braille, traveling the the long white cane, and adaptive technology), as well as general child development. April completed research and student teaching, working with blind students, many of whom also had additional disabilities.
April wrote article critiques and case studies while in graduate school. While working at a summer youth program for blind children and teens. she also wrote weekly reports on student progress. April composed longer, more detailed reports while serving as an interim instructor teaching older students in the adult training program at the Louisiana Center for the Blind.
This is an excerpt from a blog post about a public protest in Chicago.
As an undergraduate, April wrote an article for publication while interning at the National School Boards Association. The article discussed some of the potential drawbacks of bilingual education in the typical American classroom. The position taken in the article was presented through research, not merely opinion. The article appeared in a bimonthly NSBA publication.