Liz Drotos has a passion for crafting meaningful residential experiences for students in international contexts. For the past 10 years, she has lived and worked on three different United World College (UWC) campuses, schools that bring together students from all over the world for a two year, pre-university experience focused on intercultural understanding. She aims to promote student agency and authentic personal reflection in her work with both high school and university students.
After growing up in northern Virginia, Liz attended Duke University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. She began her career as a high school science teacher in the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, while obtaining a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching from Western New Mexico University. However, she soon found herself more and more intrigued in education outside of the traditional classroom, as well as student health and wellness. This growing interest led her to a position as Head of Residential Life at the newly founded UWC Dilijan in Armenia, where she helped to build a residential program from the ground up. Wanting to further develop her skills in health intervention development and implementation in educational settings, she went on to obtain a Master of Science in Health Education and Promotion at Maastricht University. Here she developed a keen interest in the promotion of positive sleep health, conducting research into the sleep patterns and sleep-related behaviors of adolescents. Currently, Liz works as a Residence Mentor at the UWC Maastricht in the Netherlands and as Teaching and Research Assistant in the Department of Health Promotion at Maastricht University. In her free time, Liz enjoys hiking and cycling in the Dutch countryside, baking, running, and chatting over tea with the 24 students in her residence. She also travels as much as she can, appreciating how new places prompt her to question her assumptions and reflect on different possible ways to lead a good life.
Liz is eager to explore ways to co-create an intentional and supportive community aboard the MV World Odyssey as a Residence Director on the Spring 2022 Voyage. Having taught students from across the globe, she can’t wait to experience the home countries and cultures she’s heard about from her students. She looks forward to building connections with her fellow voyagers and facing this unimaginable upcoming adventure together.