We Are EVIT Family: Design student becomes design teacher
Posted on 10/31/2018
We Are EVIT Family: Design student becomes design teacherThis year’s Fashion Design & Merchandising students at EVIT are learning from a teacher who not only graduated from a rigorous design school and worked as a designer, but who also knows what it’s like to be an EVIT student. 

Landry Low completed the EVIT fashion design program and graduated from Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School in 2011, went on to the Pratt Institute in New York where she earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion design, and has created her own collections. Now she has returned to the East Valley Institute of Technology to teach the next generation.

“Knowing what an impact EVIT and my instructor, Kristen Johnson, had on my life – it is, without a doubt, the greatest honor to be on the other side of the ‘desk,’ so to speak,” Landry said.

The fashion program she teaches is one of more than 40 career training programs EVIT offers for East Valley high school students and adults.

We Are EVIT Family: Design student becomes design teacher

Landry’s parents, Ann and Chris Low, recalled their family had never heard of EVIT when Landry enrolled in 2009. “EVIT is the best kept secret in the Phoenix area for an experiential education that allows students to have experience, certifications and a job out of high school,” Ann said.

Her daughter was an academically strong student with a 4.5 GPA, but gave up honors and AP classes at Chaparral just so she could attend EVIT for a half day her junior and senior years. It resulted in her winning $94,000 in scholarships to attend the prestigious Pratt Institute.

At her high school, Landry had been “just another high achieving student,” Ann said. But at EVIT, she became both high achieving and skilled in the field in which she wanted to work. “She got so much from this school. They supported her and she thrived.”

At Pratt, Landry discovered that “no (freshmen) had anywhere close to the education and knowledge that I had from EVIT … I would say that about half of what was covered in my first two years at Pratt was almost identical to the projects and lessons I completed as an EVIT student.”

While Landry was at Pratt, her mother remained involved at EVIT by serving on the fashion program’s advisory council. “I’m a firm believer in giving back,” she said. “I thought it was my responsibility to support the program while I can.”

Ann also became close friends with Landry’s EVIT teacher, Kristen Johnson, who stopped teaching a few years ago, but has come back this year as a classroom assistant and mentor to Landry in her first year of teaching. That teacher-student relationship is one of the hallmarks of EVIT, Ann said. “You aren’t just a number at EVIT. The teachers really care, and the kids want to be here.”

On her teacher’s page, Landry wrote to her students that she wants to give them the same opportunity EVIT gave her.

“So, now, I've come home -
to Arizona -
to EVIT - 
to contribute to this gift that I was granted, 
& to pass that gift on to you.”

EVIT students have a 98% graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go to college, and 92% are in college, jobs or the military within one year of completing their training. Learn more: evit.com. View Landry Low’s design work: landrylow.com.

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We Are EVIT Family: Design student becomes design teacher

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