Spring Newsletter 2016

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Yeo Song Kwon graduated from Denison in 2015 with a major in Educational Studies and a minor in music. She is currently working with 6th graders as a full-time tutor at Great Oaks Charter School in Wilmington, Delaware.

Yeo Song writes that she “jumped onto this opportunity in a heartbeat when I learned that so many of the educational inequalities we learned about in education courses at Denison were happening at this site.” She and her students are addressing issues related to college readiness, the achievement gap, and a lack of nutritional and educational resources. This charter school, aimed at closing the achievement gap, uses a model where every student receives two hours of tutoring daily. Currently, Yeo Song is a tutor for six specific students as well as the founding director of the choir at her school. Yeo Song explains, “The beginning was not easy at all. I called my closest friends almost every day and talked about how difficult it was to get these students to be motivated in learning. Now after five months of utilizing so many teaching methods and interactive games, I am confident and proud to say that my students learn something new during every tutorial. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing my students solving challenging questions by themselves because they have understood a new concept. ” Yeo Song’s commitment to Great Oaks Charter School ends in five months but she plans to reapply for next year, and strongly encourages anyone with similar passions to consider this avenue for making an impact on these “cute, wonderful kids. ” Yeo Song is happy to respond to questions Denison students have about working at Great Oaks Charter School. You may contact her at ykwon@greatoakscharter.org.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

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