Spring Newsletter 2015

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Keyonta Thomas

The Education Department would like to send congratulations to Keyonta Thomas. Keyonta, currently a senior, is an Education and Black Studies major from Chicago, Illinois. He has recently been given the incredible opportunity upon graduation to work in his old high school as a college and career coordinator through the program GEAR UP, which he also participated in during his May Term. The program funded through Northeastern University stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs and is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. As a coordinator, Keyonta will be working with a group of seventh graders and continue to work with the same students through their high school graduation. He will be taking students on college tours and assisting them with college applications, as well as serving as a positive role model and mentor for his students. Congratulations and we wish you the best of luck on your new journey!

Rico

Rico, a junior from Chicago, Illinois, is currently enrolled in Dr. Graves’ “Legal Issues in Education “course. This course has become one of her favorites, along with “Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education.” Rico says, “both of these courses have introduced me to different social issues that I never thought had much of an impact on the education system and schooling in general. Both courses have made me well aware of how much of an impact social beliefs have on the way schools operate. I feel like these courses are extremely important and beneficial because they allow future educators to see the various biases that are behind many educational policies. It is also incredible to see the many lawsuits that have been brought against many school districts. These courses are a reminder that students have legal rights, and those rights don't magically disappear once they walk into a school building.” Rico plans on earning a Masters Degree along with a teaching certification after graduating from Denison.

Angela Trinh

Angela Trinh, a junior from Boston, Massachusetts, completed two separate May Terms, one through the Posse Foundation and the other through Citizen Schools, both in Boston. During her time at the Posse Foundation, Angela organized the summer Posse event Boston Commons, reaching out to donors, scholars and alumni to come together for the annual event. She had numerous opportunities to serve as a role model, including participating in pre-collegiate sessions answering questions about college and even participating on a panel giving advice to Denison’s incoming first year Posse Scholars. Giving presentations and facilitating conversations were also a large part of her experience. While with the Citizen Schools, she helped generate quizzes to evaluate teachers in training all over the nation. Angela entered scores into the database and assisted in analyzing the data. Both of her experiences with the May Terms allowed her to gain further insight into education beyond a traditional classroom. Angela encourages participants to finish their reflections at the end of every day and not leave them until the end of summer, helping to ensure thoughtful reflections.

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Posted Date 
Friday, May 1, 2015

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