February 26, 2013
With a 4.1 rating on RateMyProfessors.com
, great fashion sense and an overall enthusiasm about being an educator, Georgia Southern University Spanish lecturer Toby Graves sets the standard for great professors.
The northern New Jersey native has traveled to countries including Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama and Spain, and she feels as though traveling has increased her sense of knowledge about different cultures.
“I have traveled a lot. I studied abroad in Chile, and I have gone to different places in South America. Traveling to these different places has allowed me to be able to connect with different people from different backgrounds and cultures,” Graves said.
When she is not enlightening students on the Spanish language, Graves can be found doing a number of other things she enjoys.
“My favorite place on campus is the Center for Wildlife. They have pretty cool birds and other animals. They also have pretty cool shows there,” Graves said. “It is an awesome experience.
“Other than traveling, one of my hobbies includes sewing. I just took a sewing class last semester, and I’m starting to sew a lot, and I also go to the RAC a lot.”
When students take Graves’ class, she seeks to teach them two lessons.
“I want to teach students punctuality and to have a positive attitude. I’m a stickler on punctuality, and with the attitude aspect, I feel like everything is what you make of it, and it’s up to us to be positive,” she said.