Anthony grew up in the Hudson Valley near New Paltz, NY. He attended SUNY Purchase College, double majoring in History and Political Science. Serving as a Community Health Volunteer in the southern African nation of Mozambique from 2008-2010, he focused on developing small group lessons for elementary aged students. He will begin studying to teach Social Studies at the secondary level, believing that an engaged citizen is not only a more intelligent one, but a contributor to the evolution and growth of social change.
Dylan is from Dows, Iowa and attended Iowa State University. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for three years in Mongolia. Dylan was a teacher trainer for two years in Uliastai, Mongolia, and a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader for one year in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He intends to teach secondary English and looks forward to continuing his teaching career in New York City.
Joseph Donnelly is from the small town of Bellefontaine, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio University with a B.A. in History and a minor in Philosophy. Josef served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for three years on a tiny sun-drenched coral atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. His primary assignment was to teach English, but he also worked diligently to help encourage youth and community development. Josef believes earnestly in education's ability to engender social equity and allow individuals from all backgrounds to achieve their dreams. After teaching and living an idyllic life on a small tropical island Josef is looking forward to teaching social studies in New York City.
Michelle is from Hicksville, New York, and graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Elementary Education. In the Peace Corps, she served as an English Teacher Trainer in Thailand. Along with co-teaching, she started an English Club, Theatre Club, Adult Education English class, and completed after school projects. Michelle plans to teach Special Education, with a focus on Intellectual Disability/Autism at the Elementary level. It is her goal to inspire all of her students to dream big, never settle, and achieve greatness.
Eddie was born in Okemos, Michigan and attended The University of Michigan where he majored in Mathematics and French and minored in Music. After graduating, he served in the Peace Corps as a secondary mathematics teacher at an all-boys government secondary school in rural Tanzania. There he fell in love with teaching and saw first hand what an essential and powerful tool education is in helping others improve their lives. Outside of the classroom he was active in youth development work that focused on teaching life skills, HIV/AIDS awareness, community development, and academic and cultural exploration. As a Peace Corps Fellow, Eddie is excited to continue developing the skills he needs to be an effective educator while making a difference in New York City's vibrant communities as a high school math teacher.
Melissa Glick grew up in Bethesda MD, just outside of DC before heading off to snowy Chicago in 2004 to attend Northwestern University. At Northwestern Melissa majored in Human Development and Psychological Services in the School of Education and Social Policy and minored in Spanish. Throughout college Melissa became interested in experiencing and studying world cultures and understanding how societal factors interact to affect students' social and cognitive development. In order to further explore these interests and continue her passion of working with students she joined the Peace Corps immediately after graduating and became a Youth Development Volunteer in Honduras. Returning to the U.S. in 2010 she looks forward to teaching middle school Social Studies in New York City and educating and inspiring her students. She believes that education creates opportunities and cannot wait to make an impact!
Daniel Golub is from Cleveland, Ohio, and studied economics and Latin-American studies at Williams College in Massachusetts. He served for two and a half years in the Dominican Republic, working mostly in youth development initiatives (science, engineering and boys clubs, HIV/AIDS and early pregnancy prevention, business development). His interests and passion for teaching have led him to teach in a bilingual classroom.
Javier Gomez was born in Mexico and raised in a small, rural town in California's San Joaquin Valley. He learned the importance of an education at a young age and thus, became the first family member to attend college. In 2005, he graduated from California State University, Fresno with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics. He later joined the Peace Corps in 2007 to encourage youth development and assist small business owners in Northern Peru. It was in the Peace Corps where he discovered his passion for teaching. Now his goal is to become a social studies high school teacher to teach individuals about the world that we live in and learn to appreciate other people's differences.
Joel is from the south suburban town of Chicago called Tinley Park. He went to school at the St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA, where he studied English and Philosophy. He taught English in Gazanjyk, Turkmenistan while serving in the Peace Corps. Joel feels that everyone should be in constant awareness of how fast time passes so that we may live every day with a little more zeal.
Gwen Kehr hails from the Philadelphia suburbs. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh where she studied biological sciences and English writing. While in the Peace Corps she called the southern African country of Lesotho her home and taught high school science and English. Gwen believes in a holistic approach towards education and is excited to teach high school biology in New York City.
Andrea was born in NYC, but eventually moved to Edison, New Jersey. After graduating from Caltech, she worked for a couple of years before joining the Peace Corps. She was originally nominated to be a science teacher, but ended up invited and serving primarily as a math teacher in Burkina Faso. Andrea enjoyed teaching math so much that she stayed for a third year! She hopes to continue helping students learn and appreciate math.
As the daughter of Italian immigrants settled in Akron, Ohio, Cristina has always valued the importance of education, opportunity, and cultural traditions. These values led her to apply to the US Peace Corps and eventually serve as a Health Education Volunteer in the southern highlands of Tanzania. During her service, she realized the fulfillment of teaching and the impact of mindful education. She holds a BFA from Kent State University in Visual Communication Design and plans to continue research of visual learning techniques and implement these in the primary school setting for students with special needs, focusing on Intellectual Disabilities/Autism.
Elaine Law is from Columbus, Ohio and attended Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. She served in Peace Corps as an Education volunteer in Sukhbaatar Soum, Mongolia. She intends to teach Secondary school Social Studies and looks forward to teaching in New York City.
Mary Manouchehri, of Riverside, California, attended California State University Long Beach where she received her B.A. in Liberal Studies with emphasis work on Language & Literacy as well as a multiple-subject K-8 teaching credential for the state of California. Following graduation, Mary went on to serve as an Education volunteer with Peace Corps in the Bicol region of the Philippines. Mary is excited to be studying and teaching young students with Intellectual Disabilities/Autism (K-6). If there is one thing the world has taught her it is that every human being - of every gender, race, creed, status, and circumstance - has the ability to learn and the right to receive a quality education.
Liliana Richter is from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. She studied English Language & Literture at the University of Michigan, and served three years in El Salvador (two years youth development, one year regional coordinator). Liliana intends to teach English to seventh and eight graders.
Benjamin Siegel grew up in Bronx, New York and attended college at SUNY University at Buffalo. Having graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in economics, he began his Peace Corps service in Vanuatu as a vocational school teacher. As a Peace Corps Fellow, he hopes to begin teaching high school mathematics. Ben hopes to one day create a new model of education that shifts the national paradigm into a new realm of practical holistic life preparation. If he is unable to do that, he hopes to teach a bunch of kids some math.
Sarah Suwalsky served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Altiplano of Guatemala. Being a volunteer has given her a unique take on Bilingual Education, observing and participating in classes taught jointly in Spanish and Maya Kiche. She was born and grew up in San Francisco and attended college at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She plans to teach an 4th to 6th grade as a Bilingual Ed teacher.
Andrew grew up in Los Angeles, where his Jesuit education and participation in Boy Scouts formed his desire to serve the community. He studied Environmental Science at Berkeley, where he met his wife, Nicole. They joined Peace Corps soon after graduating. Andrew served in Mali, West Africa, from 2007 to 2009. While there, he helped in a number of ways, including teaching biology at the middle school, helping women better produce and market shea butter and garden vegetables, and starting a library. After Peace Corps, he and his wife spent two years teaching ESL in France and China. Andrew hopes to put his multicultural and environmental background to good use teaching biology in New York.
Lindsay Williamson is from Oceanside, NY and graduated from Boston College with a BA in Secondary Education and History and an MA in Applied Educational and Developmental Psychology. She taught history for three years at the Heritage School in NY, NY before joining the Peace Corps. She was a Teacher Trainer with the Peace Corps and worked at the Universidade de Cabo Verde in Mindelo, Sao Vicente.