Education Scholars

p: 704-894-2201


Mailing Address

Box 7145
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035


2013 Participant Bios

Emily Rapport '16 is a rising sophomore from Columbus, Ohio. She plans on majoring in English and possibly earning a concentration in Education. Past experiences that led her to the education scholars program include participation in Mosaic, an alternative humanities program for intellectually curious high school students in Columbus that emphasized community-based learning, and her interest in the Ohio Senate Bill 5 debate that raised questions about the state legislature's value of public educators. As a public school graduate with a family full of public school teachers and counselors, Emily is endlessly fascinated by issues surrounding public education and plans on making education a focus of her adult life whether or not she works in an education-related profession.

Rashaun Bennett '16 is a rising sophomore at Davidson College. He has been awarded the nationally competitive Jackie Robinson Scholarship, as well as a Presidential Scholarship of Davidson College. He intends on pursuing a Political Science degree, with a minor in Economics. In the second semester of his freshmen year, he had the privilege of working as an intern within the Office of Mayor Anthony Foxx of Charlotte. In this role, he has been instrumental in helping with the Mayor's youth related initiatives such as the Mayor's Youth Employment Program, which provides internships to youth across the Charlotte area. He wants to continue working to benefit youth by working within politics, with a special focus on education policy. In the future, he hopes to attend law school and concentrate in educational law as a career goal.

Linnea Ng '15 is a rising junior from Minneapolis, Minnesota majoring in Psychology and concentrating in Ethnic Studies. This past summer she traveled to Cadiz, Spain to pursue her interests in studying Spanish language and culture. At Davidson she is active in the Chorale and the Organization of Latino American Students. She also enjoys working as a Spanish teaching assistant. During her time at Davidson, she's discovered just how important education has been in shaping her identity. She has expanded her understanding of education in her studies and now it's hard for her to see anything as free from its influence. She hopes to continue learning about the ways education affects individuals' development and how we can improve our practices to better seek equality through our education systems.

Kassim Alani '15 is a rising junior at Davidson College. He currently studies Economics and Anthropology. He was raised in Chapel Hill, NC and spent his years before college playing competitive junior tennis. At Davidson, he is a member of STRIDE, ACAA, SIAD, and Club Tennis. His interest in education comes from the crossover between his two areas of study. Education achievement gaps are often a result of economic inequalities. However, economic policy aimed at alleviating this issue often fails to understand the people who are impacted. He hopes one day that by combining these two disciplines he will help to affect change in the education system. His other interests include sports and working out.

Maddie Smith '15 is a rising junior at Davidson College. She is majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Education. Maddie's passion for education stems from her many years of experience working with children, including both mainstream and English language learners summer school programs at the elementary school level. She has also worked with day camps for children with special needs, early intervention programs for young children identified to be at risk for developmental delays, and other activities such as coaching youth volleyball. After Davidson, Maddie hopes to pursue a career in the field of education that embraces both her love of teaching and her desire to work with special needs children and their families.

Laura Thrash '14 is a senior English major, Religion minor. As a native Charlottean, Laura experienced first-hand the successes and shortcomings of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  While Laura was able to excel in the classroom and graduate from Myers Park with an IB diploma, the younger students at the Freedom School where she volunteered were struggling to meet grade-level. The students' energy at morning Harambee and enthusiasm during afternoon assignments, however, showed Laura that despite their disadvantages, her students were working hard to close the achievement gap.  Laura's favorite thing about an education is that it can be given and received simultaneously. Just as programs like Freedom School impact the students they serve, Laura was impacted by her students' hard work and optimism. At Davidson, Laura tutors at the Ada Jenkins Center, serves as the Auction Coordinator for "Dinner at Davidson," is a Davidson tour guide, and was recently inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. This summer she will be interning with Communities In Schools, a dropout prevention program empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life. Laura believes that as we grow in the classroom, we grow as people. She can't wait to do both this summer! 

Robin Malloch '14 is a rising senior majoring in History from Greenwich, CT. He has long held an interest in education policy and the growing achievement gap in the United States. He spent his fall semester in Paris, France where he took a seminar comparing the French and American education systems. The class allowed him to observe the French school system and co-teach English classes for young French students. He also volunteered as an English tutor for immigrant students in an underprivileged Parisian neighborhood. On campus, Robin is the Student Solicitor for the Honor Council and the Vice-President of Davidson Outdoors. This summer he will intern with Teach for America to produce reports on various aspects of TFA's Charlotte branch. He is excited to have a comprehensive overview of how TFA seeks to close the achievement gap.

Megan Mavity '14 is a rising senior from Atlanta, Georgia. She is majoring in Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Education. She has loved working with students at the Community School, Davidson Elementary, and the summer enrichment program Reach for Excellence. As an incorrigible bookworm, Megan is interested in promoting literacy and making a strong education readily available to all children. Though her life plan is by no means set in stone, after Davidson Megan would like to work with middle school students, either as a guidance counselor or social worker. Whatever her official educational occupation, Megan's fundamental goal is to encourage and believe in students who have trouble believing in themselves. In her free time Megan enjoys geeking out about Spanish poetry, writing her own not-so-geek-out-worthy poetry, and baking anything that involves Nutella. She is excited to be a Davidson Education Scholar and can't wait to see what the summer holds.