DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative Team at Thomas Elementary School


baggattsporter_shaynaShayna Baggatts-Porter, Team Leader
Age: 23
Hometown: Washington, DC
College: Towson University
Major: Art and Design Concentration: Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking
Favorite subject in school: Art and literature
Hobbies: Reading, making balloon animals, sitting in parks
Favorite book as a child: Bud, not Buddy
Favorite food: Spinach
Goal for the year: To ensure that my team has a City Year experience that is just as amazing or better than my own.

davis_alexAlexander Davis
Age: 24
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
College: Hampton University
Major: History
Favorite subject in school: Ancient Civilization
Hobbies: Basketball, watching movies, biking and reading
Favorite book as a child: The Watsons Go To Birmingham
Favorite foods: Chicken and rice, cinnamon rolls
Goal for the year: To become a guiding light in the live of students and inspire others around me to work to the best of their ability. To get out of my comfort zone in order to provide exemplary leadership.

blankheadshotJenise Ebanks
Age: 22
Hometown: Washington, DC
College: University of Miami
Major: International Studies and Africana Studies
Favorite subject in school: History
Hobbies: Cooking, tennis, music, traveling, skating, basketball, playing with my dogs and horror movies
Favorite book as a child: Amazing Grace
Favorite foods: Pasta, West Indian Food, and Tex-mex
Languages spoken: English
Goal for the year: Become a confident successful leader and to make a difference in a child’s life.

blankheadshotAndrew Edghill
Age: 22
Hometown: Ridgewood, New Jersey
College: Savannah State University
Major: Political Science
Favorite subject in school: Political theory
Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, watching & playing basketball, exploring
Favorite book as a child: Finished Being Four by Verna Wilkins
Favorite foods: Chicken tikka masala; banana bread
Goal for the year: Serve as a sound role model to youth of Neval Thomas Elementary School and learn/develop ideas to better schools in urban areas and the communities they are apart of.

greer_michaelMichael T. Greer
Age: 22
Hometown: Vacaville, CA
College: University of California, Santa Cruz
Major: Literature with a minor in Education
Favorite subject in school: English
Hobbies: Reading, writing, hiking, riding my bicycle
Favorite books as a child: The BFG, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Falling Up
Favorite foods: Homemade Mac ‘n’ Cheese, burritos with al pastor
Languages spoken: English, minimal Spanish
Goal for the year: As someone who wants to eventually have a career in teaching, I’d like to further develop my ability and effectiveness as an educator. More specifically, I want to improve in lesson planning, time management, and student interaction and engagement. Finding ways to make learning fun for students is also important to me.

imbo_honeyHoney Rizza Imbo
Age: 23
Hometown: Guam
College: Trinity College
Major: Psychology
Favorite subjects in school: Math and fine arts
Hobbies: Knitting, cooking/baking, jigsaw puzzles
Favorite book as a child: The Pigman and Me
Favorite food: Spaghetti
Languages spoken: English and Tagalog (Filipino), beginning Spanish
Goal for the year: To be the tomorrow that a child looks forward to.

kaplancohen_melanieMelanie Kaplan-Cohen
Age: 18
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
High School: Walt Whitman High School
Intended major: Undecided
Favorite subject in school: Math/social sciences (psychology, government, etc.)
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music, writing
Favorite book as a child: Go Dogs Go
Favorite food: Chocolate
Languages spoken: English, some Spanish
Goal for the year: I want to make a difference in the lives of children and improve my leadership skills.

lewis_jessicaJessie Lewis
Age: 23
Hometown: Newton, MA
College: University of Rochester
Major: Psychology
Favorite subjects in school: English, History, Math (only in the early years)
Hobbies: Knitting, travelling, random art projects
Favorite book as a child: Bernstein Bears
Favorite food: Cheese
Languages spoken: English
Goal for the year: To really push myself out of my comfort zone so I can help as many students as possible, and get the absolute most out of my experience.

blankheadshotMariama Saffa
Age: 23
Hometown: Laurel, MD & Freetown, Sierra Leone
College: Salisbury University
Major: International Studies and Political Science
Favorite subject in school: History
Hobbies: Reading
Favorite book as a child: Things Fall Apart
Favorite food: Potato leaf
Languages spoken: Broken English (Krio)
Goal for the year: To ignite the passion in young people to get an Education and to learn about nonprofit and its impact.

snellings_charlyCharly Snellings
Age: 22
Hometown: Needham, MA
College: Roger Williams University
Major: Elementary Education Studies
Favorite subject in school: History
Hobbies: Reading, playing rugby, hanging out with friends and traveling
Favorite book as a child: Books by Tamora Pierce
Favorite Food: Pad Thai
Goal for the year: To have a positive impact on my students’ lives and help them achieve their goals for the school year. I also want to challenge myself and take myself out of my comfort zone in many different ways.

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