Acacia Group Team at Ketcham Elementary School


colbert_monicaMonica Colbert
Age: 22
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
College: Syracuse University
Majors: Mathematics; Math Education
Favorite subject in school: Math, social science
Hobbies: Traveling, trying new foods, crocheting, attending events (concerts, shows, etc.), watching football, journaling
Favorite book as a child: The Skin I’m In, by Sharon Flake
Favorite foods: Fruits of all kinds, seafood, soul food, Thai and Indian food
Languages spoken: English, slightly familiar with French
Goal for the year: My goal is to build productive relationships with students, families and school staff of Ketcham Elementary and through that gain full knowledge and understanding of my role and direction as an educator or school counselor (i.e. what and how I can contribute to school communities)

lanteri_lindsayLindsay Lanteri
Age: 23
Hometown: Stratford, CT
College: University of Pittsburgh
Majors: Political Science and Urban Studies, Spanish Minor, Latin American Certificate
Favorite subjects: Comparative history, international urbanism
Hobbies: Hiking/running, baking, reading, watching movies
Favorite book as a child: The BFG – Roald Dahl
Favorite foods: Pasta, manchego cheese, brussels Sprouts, eggplant, peaches, dark chocolate
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and Portuguese
Goal for the year: Bring a sense of joy and positivity to my students each day, make them feel important and give them the tools and motivation they need for success. Create ripples during my service year even if they are just tiny ones, the hope is that they will spread. If I can make an impact and a difference in one student’s life then hopefully that will transcend and that student too can influence other people he or she meets and other lives he or she touches.

moran_kathleen K.J. Moran
Age: 18
Hometown: Boston, MA
High school: Fontbonne Academy in Milton, MA
Intended major: English and International Relations
Favorit subjects in school: English and history
Hobbies: Theatre, writing, political activism, music and literature
Favorite book as a child: Harry Potter
Favorite food: Guacamole
Goal for the year: My primary goal is to effect positive change in the Ketcham community by combining the efforts, talent and energy of our team as tutors, mentors and role models. One a more personal note, I hope to wake up each morning believing in each child I teach and the mission of the service I give, and to fall asleep each night a better tutor and human being for the experiences and interactions of the day.

odei_derickDerick Odei
Age: 23
Hometown: Boston, MA
College: Syracuse University
Major: Biology
Favorite subject in school: Conservation Biology
Hobbies: Soccer, TV shows, reading, travelling
Favorite book as a child: Pinocchio
Favorite food: Jollof rice
Languages spoken: English and Twi
Goal for the year: To be an effective and successful Corps Member.

savang_tikenTiken Savang
Age: 22
Hometown: Snellville, GA
College: Emory University
Majors: Interdisciplinary Studies & Anthropology
Favorite subject in school: History
Hobbies: Singing, running, sightseeing
Favorite book as a child: The Giver by Lois Lowry
Favorite food: French Fries
Languages spoken: English and Thai
Goal for the year: My goal for the year is to instill in students a sense of social awareness and responsibility that will encourage them to become agents of change. I believe that with the right education and support every student can make a difference in their community.

senna_jenniferJennifer Senna (Jen)
Age: 20
Hometown: Falmouth, M.A
College: Cape Cod Community College
Major: Liberal Arts, with the intent on continuing in the education field at my bachelor school
Favorite subject in school: English
Hobbies: Read, write and catch up on my favorite TV shows
Favorite book as a child: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Favorite food: Anything my mom cooks
Goal for the year: I would love to hear just one child tell me that they want to do City Year when they grow up. That’s how I know I will have made a difference.

blankheadshotPhillip Spriggs
Age: 23
Hometown: Washington, DC
College: Cheyney University
Major: Criminal Justice
Favorite subject in school: English
Hobbies: Basketball and swimming
Favorite book as a child: Hoops
Favorite food: Collard greens
Goal for the year: Help children see the joy and importance of attending school and doing well in school.

ude_ifeomaIfeoma Ude
Age: 22
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
College: University of Miami
Major: Psychology/Chemistry
Favorite subject in school: Math
Hobbies: Singing and playing the guitar, playing basketball, watching movies
Favorite book as a child: Junie B. Jones
Favorite food: Spaghetti or any type of pasta
Languages spoken: English, Spanish proficiency
Goal for the year: My goal for the year is to help students achieve their full potential, while learning how to become a better leader in the community.

wierman_robbieRobbie Wierman, Team Leader
Age: 23
Hometown: Hanover, PA
College: Penn State University
Major: Crime, Law, and Justice w/ a Legal Studies Option
Favorite subject in school: Science
Hobbies: Soccer, guitar, reading
Favorite book as a child: The Giver
Favorite food: Pizza
Languages spoken: German
Goal for the year: I want to create a positive impression and desire for Ketcham to continue their partnership with City Year. On a personal/professional level, I would like to obtain a career in a consulting firm after this City Year.

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