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Alumni Spotlight

Jessica Strawderman ’10

“In my professional life, I find myself constantly reflecting on how I can better myself and my place,” Jessica Strawderman said as she considered what she appreciated most about her Bridgewater College education. Reflection and collaboration with others are skills she first honed as a student at Bridgewater.

Jessica’s mother, the Rev. Mary Jo Flory-Steury, graduated from Bridgewater College in 1978. Jessica had numerous opportunities to visit the area and the College and was drawn to the community and the music program at the College.

She treasures her memories of studying at the College, making close friends both inside and outside the Department of Music. Choir tour, plays and musicals were all a crucial part of Jessica’s Bridgewater experience.

Since her graduation, Jessica taught K-12 music at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind for three years, in addition to completing graduate courses in special education for students with visual impairments. She participated in the music ministry at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Staunton, Va., and the Montezuma Church of the Brethren in Dayton, Va.

She married another BC alumnus, Logan Strawderman ’07, and they have one son, Owen. The couple co-owned Rocktown Slops, a Harrisonburg food truck specializing in sloppy joes. Logan is currently working to open a new restaurant in downtown Harrisonburg.

For the last three years, Jessica has taught choral music at J. Frank Hillyard and Montevideo Middle Schools in Rockingham County. She also began graduate school at James Madison University and is working towards a master’s degree in music education. She appreciates the numerous professional connections that she was able to make through Bridgewater. “I also made many connections to local teachers and other professionals, many of whom are BC alumni themselves.”

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