We are all Master’s students in the International Educational Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Our current focus within the program is Education in Developing Countries through anthropological and postcolonial perspectives. Meet each of us below:
Alexis is a Philadelphia native, also known as the City of Brotherly Love. She has a deep passion for education and the well-being of children. Over the course of the last four years, Alexis has spent much of her time at a nonprofit in the south of India which provides education to the lowest people of the Caste System. Here, Alexis has discovered her extreme desire to spread access to and equitability of educational programs across the world to marginalized communities.
Anastasia was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. Her mother was always traveling for work, and she took her along – that’s how her love for learning about other countries and cultures started. Then, she chose to study history and ethnology as her Bachelor’s degree, which only warmed up this passion. Anastasia began working as a teacher, first in Moscow, then – in different cities in Mexico. Now she is more than ever interested in how educational systems in other countries work and what we can do to make them better.
Amy hails from the greater Seattle Area in Washington state. As a first-generation Korean-American, Amy is passionate about access to education for marginalized groups. For this reason, prior to graduate school she was serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer with an educational non-profit helping non-traditional students in their educational journeys. Amy is an avid traveler pre-pandemic and spent two years working in South Korea and traveling over Asia. She hopes to broaden her knowledge and perspective throughout her master’s program and hopes to travel post-pandemic!
Adeiye was born and lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Growing up, she was surrounded by books and developed a love for reading and traveling through the pages of books. It was on the pages of an Enid Blyton book that her love for education began. Over the last ten years, she has been working as a teacher in Lagos while engaging in teacher training through The Intentional Teachers Network — a support group for teachers. She is currently interested in the intersection of national visioning and the education system of different countries.
Qiming (Echo) is from Henan, China. She is a passionate believer in citizenship education and community empowerment in rural China. For the past two years, she has been designing and organizing art workshops to encourage the youngsters in rural Hainan to re-discover their land and culture’s beauty and value. Through this work, she has also learned the importance of educating young leaders in the community to participate and lead local development while increasing outside companies are entering this isolated village.