AmeriCorps Team Members

Learn about this year’s AmeriCorps Team!  We are so grateful to have this team with us!

2017-2018 Education Fellows Bios                               The Learning Community

BARTLETT LYDIA Lydia Bartlett joins us this 2017-18 academic year as one of our Education Fellows.  She is a recent graduate from CCRI who plans on transferring to Providence College next fall to complete her bachelor’s degree. Lydia is passionate about missions and service work, she has been on five missions trips outside of the United States. Although she doesn’t plan on going into dentistry, most of the trips have had a dental focus. Lydia is very involved in her local church and one of her goals in life is to speak Spanish fluently. She is excited to be able to be a part of the AmeriCorps team at The Learning Community.
CASTEDO YANINE Yanine is a sophomore in college, majoring in Political Science. She spends her free time mostly at the State House advocating for important legislation that help young people and Latino families. Recently Yanine worked in partnership with the Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. Yanine has strong ties to her community and wants to empower youth.
CROCKER MOIRA Moira Crocker is an AmeriCorps Education Fellow at The Learning Community for the 2017-2018 school year. She graduated from Boston College with a degree in Linguistics, where she studied both Spanish and Modern Irish. She has worked with children as both a tutor and a summer camp counselor. Her interests include sports, especially volleyball and soccer, as well as baking and travel.
CROWLEY BRI I am a recent graduate from Keene State College with a degree in Elementary Education and Sociology. I am from Taunton, MA and returned home upon graduating college. My dreams for the future are to have my own classroom. I have worked in a variety of school settings and am very excited to start my journey with AmeriCorps. In my spare time I enjoy boating and reading!
DAVIDSON JANET   I was a math major in college, and have been working for the last 25 years as a software engineer. My department was eliminated, so I am planning on teaching math next school year. I am excited to join the Education Fellows and to put my math background to use in an urban school setting. I have 5 daughters so don’t have much ‘down-time’, but on the rare occasion that I do have some time to myself, I like to read a good book or catch up on my favorite shows on Netflix.
FELIX, TALISHA  Hi I’m Talisha! I am an alum of the first graduating class of The Learning Community.  I am beyond excited to come back to the school and give back to the community as an AmeriCorps team member.  I am currently attending school at CCRI and enjoy spending time with my family
HERNANDEZ, LESLIE   I am looking forward to joining the Education Fellows co-hort at The Learning Community this year!  I have always had a passion for education and community service.  I am a recent graduate from Providence College and am currently calling Providence my home away from home (the Bronx).
LETENDRE RICHARD Richard Letendre ran an electrical consulting engineering firm until his retirement in 2011.  He subsequently served 27 months with the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia, a former Soviet Union country.  Early in his career he taught mathematics and science at junior/senior high schools and gained further experience in education during his Peace Corps service.  Richard believes every child should be provided with the opportunity and support to pursue his or her goals and develop to full potential; it’s of paramount importance to the child and society.
LOVE JONES COURTNEY I am excited to join the Education Fellows at MLK this year!  I have experience working with Middle Graders and High School students through my previous work with the Providence After School Alliance (PASA).  I am hoping to learn lots this year, as I delve into working with younger students during school day operations.  When I am not spending time with my son, I like to find time to relax or be with my friends.
MANFRED SAMUEL Samuel is a self-driven individual who strives for success in everything that he does. Since after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he has been living in the United States for seven years. Living in the United States is an opportunity for a better future for him and his family. Samuel studied at Assumption College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in International business and Spanish. Samuel also studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain where he discovered the beauty behind traveling. He aspires to be a world traveler someday while inspiring others to do the same. So far he has been to twelve different countries throughout Europe. He is very dedicated serving others have a better life.
MCCONNELL WILLIAM Will is delighted to be joining our 2017-2018 AmeriCorps Education Fellows team! He graduated in 2017 with a degree in English from Fairfield University. Will has experience working at a journalism summer camp and working with refugee families to get them set up in housing. This gave him the opportunity to put his passion for social justice to practical use. He is also an avid Boston sports fan and is keen to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for sports with others.
PERRY TRAYCHELL   Traychel Perry is so excited to join the AmeriCorps Education Fellows Program at The Learning Community. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a concentration in Writing. Traychel loves working with children, she has experience as a Pre-school Teacher and  working one on one as a Behavioral Specialist. She grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and has lived here her whole life. Traychel is the second child of her generation to graduate from college. She loves to read, write poetry, and travel.
RODRIGUEZ JEHIELI My name is Jehieli Rodriguez, I’m a Learning Community Alum. I am excited to join the school as an Education Fellow this year! I was born in the United States and raised by two Guatemalan parents. I am currently attending Rhode Island College and majoring in Criminal Justice.
ROSARIO SUSSAN My name is Sussan Rosario, I am happy to be joining The AmeriCorps Education Fellows at MLK. I am in my sophomore year at Rhode Island College, currently majoring in Social Work. I have always had a passion for helping others, especially children. Four years ago, I would have never thought I would be where I am today.  When I am not in school I enjoy spending time with my friends, baking and shopping.

2017-2018 VISTA’s

GRIFFITH JACLYN Jaclyn is the Integrated Studies and Social Justice VISTA at The Learning Community for the 2017-2018 school year. Jaclyn recently graduated from Pace University with a degree in Communication Studies. You can find Jaclyn on any given Saturday afternoon sitting on the floor of Barnes & Noble, listening to Joni Mitchell through her headphones and reading the back cover of every book on the Gender Studies shelf.
LOPEZ BENJAMIN Benjamin Lopez-Carton is the Progressive Education VISTA. He graduated from Roger Williams University with a major in Political Science. He has a mind for public policy and hopes one day to be involved in the legislative process. Ever the musician, he has yet to find a surface he couldn’t drum on and can often be heard humming a tune.