Archive for May, 2015

Mentor Profile: Sarah Mawhinney

Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): International Studies and French
Extracurriculars: Women’s Rugby, VAST
About Sarah: Sarah has been a part of VAST for the past year and really enjoys working as a Head Mentor with the sixth graders. She loves working with and getting to know all of the PMS scholars as well as leading the cooking activity (pictured below) with NaJa […]

Mentor Profile: Mikayla Brennan-Burke

Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): History, Education (minor), (with secondary education certification in Social Studies)
Extracurriculars: Theatre, Main House Team, Adventuring in the great outdoors, and Spending quality time with her favorite 6th graders
About Mikayla: She’s worked at VAST as a Head Mentor for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as leading Art Appreciation workshops the previous year. As […]

Mentor Profile: NaJa Jackson

Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): English (with secondary education certification in English)
Extracurricular Activities: Office Assistant at Teahan and Constantino, LLP
About NaJa: NaJa has been a VAST mentor for two semesters now (Fall 2014, Spring 2015). She enjoys cooking with Sarah on Fridays, leading 6th grade card and trivia games, playing football with all the scholars, and working in the VAST office to help […]

Mentor Profile: Brittany Tompkins

Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Physics & Astronomy (with secondary education certification in Physics)
Extracurricular Activities: UNICEF, Hunger Action
About Brittany: Brittany has worked with VAST for four whole semesters now (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015). Last year, she worked with some fantastic eighth grade scholars, and ran a science/circuitry activity on Fridays in collaboration with IBM. […]

Creative Writing: A Black-Out Poem

But first: a 60-second poetry lesson. Though you may not know its name, enjambment is one of the most recognizable elements of poetry. Enjambment is what makes “We Real Cool,” by Gwendolyn Brooks, look like a poem (not a paragraph):
We Real Cool
By Gwendolyn Brooks
The Pool Players.
Seven at the Golden Shovel.
We real cool. We
Left […]

Mentor Profile: Jordy Schnarr

Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Greek and Roman Studies
Extracurricular Activities: Expert Smoothie Maker at UpC Cafe
About Jordy: Jordy has been a VAST mentor for two semesters now (Fall 2014, Spring 2015). In her time with VAST, she has worked with many scholars and has adapted her tutoring style to meet the needs of each one. She hopes to use what […]

Mentor Profile: Tessa Rudnick

Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Education and Women’s Studies
Extracurricular Activities: Theatre
About Tessa: Tessa has been a VAST mentor for two semesters now (Fall 2014, Spring 2015). She enjoys helping out with VAST activities (both on activity days and during the week) and working with her scholar, Shamara. Tessa and Shamara are a mentor-scholar dream team; even though Shamara is independent […]

Mentor Profile: Spencer Garcia

Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Women’s Studies
Extracurricular Activities: Student Teacher at Holy Trinity School & QTPoC Resource Allocation Committee
About Spencer: Spencer has been a VAST mentor for two semesters now (Fall 2014, Spring 2015). They enjoy working at the art station on VAST activity days, playing card games with room 113, and cooking with NaJa and Sarah. They […]

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