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Work Study Program Assistants Bring New Energy to CSV

HGSE work study students, fall 2012

Above, photo one: Chris, Edgardo, Laurie, and John.  Photo two: Jake.

With the start of the school year, CSV welcomes five new Program Assistants, all from Harvard’s School of Education and all working on a Master’s degree while getting hands-on experience in a public school system.

Two of the students, Jake Rowley and Chris Elquizabal, are in the Human Development and Psychology program. Prior to arriving at Harvard, Jake was in AmeriCorps and served as a teaching assistant with elementary students in an after-school program. He hopes to impact students transitioning to college as well as take part in the research that leads to changes in the achievement gap. He has already begun assisting Laura Margosian with CSV’s College Planning and Essay Writing Program.

Like Jake, Chris also worked in elementary after-school programs in addition to teaching for three years in special education. His interest is in educational policy and how to design programs that give more opportunities to students from families of more difficult circumstances. Chris hopes to work on policies that will reframe the achievement gap as opportunities for underachieving students. He plans a career in educational research and intervention programs.

Both Laurie Bailon and John Miller are in Harvard’s Learning and Teaching concentration at the Ed School. Laurie tutored eight to ten year olds during her undergraduate summers and has experience with Head Start youngsters as well. Her interest in educational inequalities and providing educational access to children of color and immigrant students has led her to focus on human rights in the academic sphere and on seeing educational change through a lens of social justice.

John comes to CSV with experience as an elementary school art tutor in a NYC charter school as well as a special education teacher in Texas. His three years in the classroom and interest in special ed have motivated him to pursue future plans around working with teachers on the inclusion of students with disabilities. He hopes to provide teachers with the supports they need to be better teachers through mentoring and coaching.

CSV’s fifth work/study student is Edgardo Perez, who is in the Prevention Science and Practice concentration at Harvard. Edgardo’s experience includes five years in public affairs at Nickelodeon in NYC, where among other projects, he worked on a public service campaign for kindergarten children and families called Beyond the Backpack. He also performed research on educational trends, such as looking at the statistics around national exams and the high school dropout crisis. Edgardo plans to continue identifying the critical issues within educational settings that keep so many students from achieving success.

Each of our work/study students are busily at work, assisting with recruitment, researching new community partners, acting as a liaison with our Intergenerational Math Program, helping with volunteer trainings and more. Plus, each will be assisting with elementary and middle school Learning Centers. Welcome aboard Jake, Chris, Laurie, John and Edgardo!