AmeriCorps Opens DoorsMay 17, 2012 at 9:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
During our first program year of operation, Elyse served at the International Services Center where she got excellent experience in volunteer management, curriculum development for ESOL, and experience teaching classes. She confirmed her love for ESOL education and after her AmeriCorps year applied to (and was accepted) to complete her Master’s Degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at DePaul University in Chicago.
For her second year of study, she applied for a highly competitive assistantship position. Elyse was awarded the position. She thanks her year in AmeriCorps and says:
“I will be working ‘behind the scenes’ so to speak with the professors in the Language, Leadership, and Curriculum department of the School of Education starting in August. I’ll be helping them conduct research, writing literature syntheses for their initial research stages, and possibly attending conferences with some of the faculty! I already know that some of the research we will be doing is on racial and class inequities in educational opportunities and on inequity in assessment and high stakes testing in the US.
I know how much my AmeriCorps experience prepared me for this kind of work. Serving in the Literacy Corps inspired me to care this much about education and to advocate for those who are less fortunate than myself and who have not had the same educational opportunities as I have.”
Elyse was a committed, dedicated and enthusiastic Corps Member who has translated that same passion and energy into her studies and future career. We wish her all the best!
AmeriCorps opens doors and provides opportunities that shape and influence futures far beyond a year of service in the community.