Jennifer Flores (BA '12, MIT '14) is working to reinforce and advocate for students who lack a voice in school because they do not have English fluency.
As a teacher at Cedarhurst Elementary School in Highline, the University of Washington College of Education alumna has dedicated herself to engaging with the community by giving positive phone calls home, visiting families and encouraging families to visit school.
Student leads initiative to diversify STEM workforce
Dec 16 2015
Over the past six years, Stephanie Gardner has helped lead a sea change in achievement by historically underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors at the University of Washington. As director for the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at UW, the College of Education alumna and current doctoral student is opening pathways into STEM fields.
From an early age, Jane Lo was fascinated by how people interact in civil society — the way people come together to improve their communities, support fellow citizens in need and assert their rights.
That interest attracted her to teaching and the opportunity to help students understand the complexity of human interactions. After a few years teaching high school social studies in Texas, Lo reached out to Professor Walter Parker at the University of Washington College of Education to dig deeper.
For many young people growing up in marginalized communities, it can be difficult to see futures filled with opportunity.
Nikum Pon (PhD '13) dreams of changing that.
Before his dream came to life, however, Pon had to escape one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century. Born in Cambodia during Pol Pot's rule and a genocide in which more than a million Cambodians died, Pon fled with his family to a refugee camp in Thailand.
At too many schools across the country, parents are left out of the learning equation. Ellie Canter (MEd ’12) is working to change this oversight as director of programs at Turning the Page, a non-profit that is empowering parents in Washington, D.C. to become active and effective participants in their children’s education.
Canter supervises AmeriCorps VISTA members and three partnership coordinators to strengthen relationships between teachers and families.