Avalon Gourlay began her experience at UTC as a freshman and has remained connected to campus as a student, staff, and/or adjunct faculty member ever since. Avalon earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology and currently works in the School of Education as the Certification Officer and teaches Early Childhood Education courses. She enjoys teaching USTU 1250 each fall because it keeps her connected with freshman and the student population across campus. Her course philosophy is to empower students to be their own advocates while giving support when needed. Outside of the workday, you can find her and her family spending time outdoors or participating in many of the downtown activities Chattanooga has to offer.