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A Psychology and Italian major, Graciela was born in Mexico and moved to western Michigan when she was 9. She is fascinated by cognitive development, child psychology, and how early childhood experiences affect children later on in life.
An English and Peace Studies major, Elizabeth is from Glen Ellyn, IL. She plans to pursue a career as a middle school teacher, working to address achievement gaps and systemic issues related to inequalities in education.
From Pittsburgh, PA, Julian is an English and History major. With tutoring and mentoring experience and a special interest in educational inequalities, Julian plans to teach. “Teachers foster a love of learning.”
Emily is a Psychology major from Tiverton, RI. She chose ESS because of her awareness—thanks to her mom, a public school teacher—of the importance of education. She is especially interested in the science behind brain disorders.
From New Orleans, LA, Curry has always loved working with kids. The Classics major learned about ESS from his friend Katie Kubik, who is in the minor. He is considering graduate school or law school.
A native of Minneapolis, MN, Heather is a Music and Theology major. Heather enjoys working with children and is drawn to teaching, but she is also curious about pursuing other education-related careers.
A History major, Bridey grew up in Delray Beach, Florida. With her understanding that “where you attend school K-12 may or may not put you on track for higher education,” Bridey is considering teaching as a career.
Majoring in NSBH with a minor in Poverty Studies, Maria is from Downer’s Grove, IL. While volunteering for Take Ten as a First Year, she says, “My eyes were opened to the challenges some kids face through no fault of their own."
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Lan Anh is a Music Theory, History and Composition major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For research, she is curious about policies that make education more accessible to all, specifically through Fine Arts education.
Emma is an Anthropology major and Catholic Social Tradition minor from Crystal Lake, IL. Her experiences with ESS are leading her to a post-graduation path that combines her heart for service, commitment to faith, and love of teaching.
From Chicago, Erin is a History major with a minor in Business Econ. Her own experience changing schools that were “polar opposites” broadened her perspective on education. She is interested in how it can promote change.
From St. Petersburg, FL, Ashley is an Environmental Studies major. Ashley thinks about developing an environmental education curriculum for young children in hopes of engendering a more earth-caring generation.
An American Studies major and Hesburgh Program in Public Service minor, Caroline is from Arlington, VA. She is interested in politics, policy, the Children’s Defense Fund, and school choice in Washington, D.C.
Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Latino Studies. Odalis is from American Falls, ID. “Everyone has a story that makes or breaks them. Education can be the problem, but it can also be the solution to making the world a better place."
Francisco is a PLS major and Theology minor from Castleford, ID. He is interested in, among other things, dual immersion programs and how to motivate high-performing students to consider careers in education.
A Glynn Family Honors student, Maggie majors in International Econ and Political Science. She is from San Francisco’s Bay Area. A panel on women in economics led her to ESS.
A Neuroscience and Behavior major, Katie is from West Chicago. Teaching is her goal and the reason she signed up for the minor. Katie hopes to enroll in an alternative teacher training program after graduation.
From Westchester, NY, Brady is a Sociology major in the Glynn Family Honors Program. Brady appreciates the inter-disciplinary aspect of ESS and its attention to inequality concerns and the education system as a whole.
Emma is a Psychology major from Long Island, NY. She is fascinated by human behavior and the development of children and adolescents. That, and her varied experiences with children, led her to sign up for ESS.
A Psychology major with minors in Data Science and Business Econ, Rachel is from Pittsburgh, PA. She is especially interested in children's mental health, particularly those who are growing up in poverty.
Aiden, a Business Analytics major, is from Westchester, PA. As a Notre Dame soccer player, he hopes to play professionally after graduation, followed by a career in teaching and coaching.
From northern New Jersey, Pat is an IT Management major. While his Mendoza interests may lead him into a business career after graduation, his experience working with kids makes him think about teaching someday.
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Rosy is a History major and Latino Studies minor who grew up in Milwaukee, WI. She would like to become a teacher because “I like the idea of becoming part of my students’ stories and having them become part of mine.”
A Psychology major, Annie is from Ormond Beach, FL. Annie is interested in how children who are homeless, or have no “home” to go home to, are affected by that experience.
From South Bend, Meg is a Visual Communication Design major interested in incorporating design into education. She'd like to do nonprofit work, but her dream job is to be a middle school art teacher.
Colleen is a Math major from Brighton, MI. Colleen has been a tutor and tennis coach for many years, which led her to realize how much she enjoys working with young children. She hopes to become a teacher.
Aqeela is from Stockbridge, GA. The Posse scholar is an Anthropology major with an interest in science, wellness, and nutrition. As such, she is especially curious about best practices for teaching those subjects.
Analisa, a junior from the San Francisco Bay Area, is majoring in American Studies with a minor in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. She is interested in education reform, especially early childhood education policy.
Liz is a Psychology major from Chesterton, IN. Liz is especially drawn to children with special needs, understanding how children learn from the time of birth, and the effect of that learning over time.
Carly is a Management Consulting major from Wayzata, MN. With an interest in a career in college student affairs, she sees that her ESS classes are equipping her to help students of all backgrounds during their higher education experience.
From south of Toledo, OH, Mikaela is a Sociology major with a range of interests—from literature to inequality and race to policy. She joined ESS “to figure out if education was truly my passion. I have discovered that it most definitely is!”
Danny is a Marketing major from Cincinnati, OH who loves working with kids. In terms of research, he is curious about teachers' unions and how their policies impact younger children, teacher incentives, and student motivation.
Majoring in Psychology, Megan has been interested in education and learning for years. She thinks about teaching or nursing because she loves working directly with children and their families.
Karli is a Glynn Family Honors Theology major with minors in Sustainability and Catholic Social Tradition. The Columbus, OH native is researching how environmental ed can affect students' learning abilities and overall wellbeing.
This Computer Science major and Stinson Scholar is from Pewaukee, WI. Chloe's interest in coding, psychology, and blended learning—as well as tutoring—led her to study computer science and education.
Cynthia is a Sociology major from Chicago. Her varied schooling experience has given her an eye for inequalities, inequities, and the many differences among America's schools. She is especially interested in youth incarceration.
A Business Analytics major with a minor in Studio Art, Jenna is from Kansas City, MO. The ND soccer player thinks about teaching someday. “My coaches and teachers helped me meet my goals and I want to do the same for someone else.”
From Houston, TX, Dana is a Philosophy major interested in teaching. One research area she's curious about is whether teachers should be specialized to teach or simply specialized in their area of study.
This Science-Business major is from Port au Prince, Haiti. The product of French public schools, Chloe wants to be a pediatrician and believes that ESS is a good match for her aspirations as a doctor.
Madison is a Neuroscience and Behavior major with a minor in Anthropology. From Houston, TX, she is considering the teaching profession. In ESS she is especially curious about differences between schools.
Shannon is from Syracuse, NY. The Psychology major and member of the marching band is especially interested in cognitive development, and how learning is affected by resources and the environment.
A History major with a Medieval Studies minor, Christine grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She is drawn to ESS because she sees that education is an avenue for change. She's considering educational administration as a career.
Alena is from Evansville, IN. The English and Spanish (suppl) major is in the marching band. In ESS, she's curious about, among other things, how teaching methods have changed over the years.
A Political Science major, Katie is carrying three minors in addition to ESS: Theology, Musical Theater, and Italian. She is from Phoenix, AZ, and has her eye on teaching, primarily because of the big influence teachers have had on her.
Chase is a Philosophy major with minors in History and STV. From South Bend, IN, he wants to be a teacher and is especially interested in the ethics of education, its role in social cohesion, and progressive education reforms in the U.S.
From Kansas City, KS, Devin is a Neuroscience & Behavior major (College of Science) and a Hesburgh Yusko Scholar. He is interested in education because "I can see how education has changed my own life."
This Neuroscience and Behavior major (College of Science) and Theology minor is from Scranton, PA. Megan hopes to be a classroom teacher for a time and then move into administration and policy work.
An English major in the Glynn Family Honors program, Matt is from St. Louis, MO. The excellent teachers he had, especially in high school, spurred his interest in ESS. He hopes to become an English teacher.
Cam is an Anthropology and Psychology major from Boston, MA. An experienced tutor, she served as a teaching mentor in the Bahamas before starting her sophomore year at ND. She has long pictured herself working in a school setting.
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From Monterrey, Mexico, Maria is a Business Analytics major. Through service work, she was exposed to problems within the Mexican education system. Her aim now is a leadership role in that sector.
This Business Analytics major is from the Chicago area. She learned about ESS from a freshman seminar. Haley had a physics teacher in high school who worked for free; she's like to do that one day after working in the business world.
From Rochester, NY, Grace is a double major in Pre-health and English. She has loved education and children for a long time, and she would like to further explore the many inequalities that exist in learning and education.
Julia grew up in Raleigh, NC. A Sorin Scholar, she is majoring in Philosophy and Internat'l Peace Studies. Her interest in ESS grew from her realization about how "education - and teachers - are forming me and have formed me."
From South Bend, IN, Maggie is majoring in Theology major with a minor in Constitutional Studies. She chose ESS because, if she becomes a teacher, she wants to better understand the system that she would be serving.
Reynold is a Finance major and Catholic Social Tradition minor from Orange County, CA. From his own experiences, he has been intrigued by education for a long time. "Education is the largest force that impacts society."
Ellyn lives in Toledo, OH. She is a Science-Business major aiming for a career in medicine. Because her mom was a high school French teacher, however, Ellyn also thinks about teaching.
An Econ major minoring in Digital Marketing and Journalism, Ethics, & Democracy, Matthew is from Chevy Chase, MD. He is a writer for the Observer and is interested in journalism related to education.
This Atlanta, Georgia native was drawn to ESS because, from early on, she was aware of the many resources her schools had as compared with other schools in her area. Dora is majoring in Psychology.
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Mary Claire is a Psychology major from Hinsdale, IL. She is interested in issues of social justice and the racial aspect of schooling and how that plays into classroom biases. Mary Claire is contemplating law school.
Ashley grew up in Long Beach, CA. A Political Science major, she is interested in education policy, improving school quality in urban areas, and public education. Ashley is considering teaching or law as a career.
From New Orleans, Daut'e is a Posse scholar majoring in Africana Studies. She'd like to be a school administrator and "build the minds and hearts of underserved children."
Abel is from Harvey, LA. A Political Science major with a minor in Latino Studies, he is interested in teaching one day.
From Morristown, TN, Evan is a Psychology and English major with a second minor in Science, Technology, and Values.
From outside Boston, Kate is a major in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics with a minor in Digital Marketing. She is thinking of being a teacher and interested in the ACE Teaching Fellows program.
From Tulsa, OK, Claire is majoring in Psychology and Spanish (Suppl). She is especially passionate about equal opportunity in education. "I believe education is a crucial stepping stone to future success."
From Bethesda, MD, Erica is a History major. She tutors with Slice of Life and is interested in efforts that are being made to rectify the ills in America’s public schools.
Bella calls Richmond, Virginia home. The Neuroscience and Behavior major is fascinated by the brain, especially how trauma affects it and the learning process. She has a particular interest in special education.
An Anthropology major, Denise is from Houston, TX. A series of summer and fall break experiences revealed to her how vital education is to human development. She is considering international or immigration law.
Luke is a native of New Orleans and an English and Political Science major. A self-described "kid guy," he believes education is a moral issue, so he is interested in research that examines morality.
Robby grew up outside Pittsburgh, PA. The Business Administration major is interested in education because he sees that education is the foundation of many systemic problems and structural inequalities.
Lizzy is a Neuroscience & Behavior major from Chappaqua, NY. She loves other cultures and languages and is especially concerned about social inequities. She hopes to teach and then move into administration one day.
This native of Tucson, AZ is a Sociology major "because it provides a lens for seeing and understanding the world." She's interested in teaching because of all the teachers who have inspired her--including her mom!
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Adri is from El Salvador and is pursuing majors in Economics and Global Affairs. She attended a private American school K-12 and hopes to eventually work with education systems in the international community.
From Arlington Heights, IL, Clare is a Sociology and Peace Studies major. Clare has had a long interest in education. She says, “The more I learn…the more I see that education can change the world.”
Double-majoring in Design and Neuroscience and Behavior, Nicole is from Fairfield, CT. Her end goal is a career in child development or policy. Meantime, she is interested in the idea that education can address socio-economic gaps.
Kieren is a Psychology major with a minor in Business Economics. From Los Angeles, he is interested in human development and how circumstances affect personality and decision-making. He'd like to be a coach and a teacher.
A Marketing major with a minor in Africana Studies, Leila is from Indianapolis. For research, she is curious about the access of underrepresented minority students to leading colleges. She hopes to be a school administrator one day.
Fangrui is from Nanchang, China. Majoring in Economics and Applied & Computational Math & Statistics, he plans to conduct research on international education. Fangrui is interested in becoming a teacher.
From Tampa, FL, Miguel is a Neuroscience and Behavior major. He believes that education is the way out of poverty and says, “If we change public education in the US, which is how most students are educated, we will change our world.”
Emily is from Buffalo, NY. Majoring in Accounting, she is interested in what works and what doesn’t in the education system largely because of the influence of one of her teachers in high school. Emily hopes to become a math professor.
From Houston, TX, MyKayla is an International Economics major and an Accounting minor. She is especially curious about forms of teaching that occur outside the classroom and "disparities in education in communities of color."
A native of Brookfield, WI, Alice is majoring in Political Science and Spanish. She has a heart for public schools and would like to learn more about policies that "help every child get an excellent education."
Quinn is a PLS major from North Palm Beach, FL. She is drawn to ESS because “education plays an integral role in shaping our youth.” Quinn aims to serve in the education sector of the Peace Corps and eventually become an English teacher.
Madison is from the south side of South Bend majoring in Africana Studies and Political Science. She has researched hip hop pedagogy and is interested in reforming education to be more inclusive of minority students.
From Chicago, Katie is majoring in Economics and Math. She has done a lot of tutoring over the years and hopes to be a math teacher one day. Katie has a heart for special education.
Sarah is an Accounting major from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She has been interested in education since she was a child. Given her own experiences as a student, she is especially interested in the achievement gap.
From southern California, Kiara is an American Studies major. She has first-hand knowledge of the impact teachers have on their students because of her mom, a teacher who now works as a professional development specialist.
Majoring in Political Science and American Studies, Kayla grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. She's curious about the role of the teacher as it extends beyond instruction, and school desegregation as a moral imperative.
Juliet is an Anthropology and Peace Studies major from Westchester, NY. One educational issue she thinks about is where school responsibilities end and student responsibilities begin. Juliet has always wanted to be a teacher.
Tia grew up in New Orleans “loving to learn and wanting to learn more.” She is pursuing a degree in Mendoza because of her interest in nonprofit work. Tia is also interested in becoming a teacher.