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2018 Participant Bios

Sijie (Bess) Li '19

Bess is a rising senior from Shenzhen, China. She is an Anthropology major and Educational Studies minor. On campus, she is the Vice President of Asian Cultural Awareness Association and the educational cordinator of the ESL tutoring program at Cornelius Elementary School. Given her own internatinoal background and anthrpological training, Bess is interested in comparative education policy and bilingual education policy. Her passion is to promote a better and more equitable education for all children across national boundaries and cultural contexts. This summer, she will be interning at the Internationla House and assisting the Rising Reader Program, which serves ELL children grade K-3rd in the Charlotte area. Bess is a big fan of Paulo Freire and a firm believer in critical pedagogy. She is excited to bring her passino for education and social justice, in combination with her language training of Chinese, English and Spanish, to her work at the International House this summer. 

Morgan Oestereich '21

Morgan is a rising sophomore from the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Although currently undeclared, she is interested in pursuing a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies. Morgan has been interested in education since childhood, as she has always been engaged in STEM (Science Techonology Engineering & Mathematics) work. Morgan wishes to encourage STEM education for those tradiationally unable to receive it, including women and minorities. At Davidson, Morganis a Bonner Scholar, and interned at the Davidson Lands Conservancy her freshman year, an organization which protects local green space as well as advocates for environmental education in town. This summer, Morgan is working with McClintock Partners in Education at their science summer camps held at McClintock Middle School, which focus on providing STEM opportunities to middle school students. She is excited to help inspire the next generation of scientists and further her own interest in STEM research and education.

Kenzie Bell '20

Kenzie is a rising junior from Asheville, N.C. She is a Public Policy and Community Studies major through Davidson's Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Diagnosed with congenital hearing loss, dysgraphia, and ADD, Kenzie struggled to learn to write. She was
incredibly privileged to have parents with the resources to stand up to her school district in order to ensure she got the academic support she needed to succeed. She believes that all students have the right to a quality public education, regardless of their parents ability to fight for it. Kenzie is passionate about social policies that address the root causes of poverty and inequality, and that put people and communities first. Since arriving at Davidson two years ago, she has been a tutor in the Learnworks after school program at the Ada Jenkins Center, and says that working at Ada is her favorite thing she is involved in. This summer Kenzie is working with Read Charlotte, a community policy initiative that focuses on improving childhood literacy rates.

Tanya Nair '19

Tanya is a rising senior from Mumbai, India majoring in Psychology. Education has always been of interest to her. She was involved with teaching English to rural communities in India throughout high school. It was her experience as an English tutor during high school that sparked her interest in education. As a psychology major, she has been interested in learning how principles of cognitive psychology can be used to make teaching and learning effective. She is interested in improving access to good quality education among children in underprivileged communities. She is also interested in ESL training as she believes English is a language that help build connections between people from diverse backgrounds. This summer she is working in Charlotte Bilingual Preschool's Dual Language Innovation Classroom where she will help implement and evaluate the program for three-year-old native English and native Spanish speakers. 

Will Stifel '20

Will is a rising junior from Easton, PA. He is an Economics and Mathematics double major. Both of his parents are educators, so Will has grown up in an environment where the importance of quality education for all has been stressed. He will be working alongside programming leadership for a Child's Place this summer. In high school, he had experience working with a non-profit as a student board member for the local chapter of the Red Cross. Now, Will works as a private tutor for local middle and high schoolers in math and economics. At Davidson, he plays club ultimate Frisbee, leads trips for Davidson Outdoors, plays the saxophone for the pep band, and is a research assistant in the Economics department.

Ethan Landen '21

Ethan is a rising sophomore from Acworth, Georgia. He is interest in pursuing a biology major on the pre-Dental track. As a Bonner Scholar, Ethan spent the past year volunteering at Learnworks, an after-school program at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. Also, he helped coach an 8-year-old recreational baseball team. His passion for being a mentor for children and knowledge of the importance of education pushed him towards Education Scholars. He wants to use this summer to be a difference-maker and become involved in the community of Charlotte. Ethan will be working with Project LIFT this summer. He will be involved in community outreach and helping to provide resources for the community to improve graduation rates in Charlotte.