“Hearing stories of past generations really makes me proud to be a farm girl. It also makes me proud to be here because it’s like everybody before me has really provided me with this opportunity.”
Gabriel Reyes grew up in a poor family — but it wasn’t until he was an undergraduate at Brown University that he decided to pursue the topic that would earn him honors as the winner of TC’s 2020 Student Research Poster Contest, held as part of Academic Festival.
Carolyn Swen fled with her family from Liberia and sat in her first classroom at age 8. At TC she designed a human rights and gender-based curriculum now in use in Ethiopia. Next up: law school, and then, one day, starting a school in Sierra Leone.
Catherine Cheng Stahl was born in China and lived in Sweden, Nashville, Massachusetts, Vienna and Connecticut before coming to New York City and Teachers College three years ago. “It sometimes feels that crossing borders is the theme of my life,” she says. Certainly, that’s the theme of Cheng Stahl’s work right now, both as a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum & Teaching and as an Editorial and Digital Publishing Associate with the Teachers College Record.
“I try to find a common thread in everything I do,” says Hinton, a master’s degree student in Education Policy who has created a Self-Designed Specialization in People, Policy and Higher Education Opportunity. “And it all goes back to the same thing: ‘Let me give you the resources, information, and opportunities you need to set yourself up for success.’”
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