AmeriCorps Team Members

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

2016-2017 Education Fellows Bios                               The Learning Community

 sana-teramoto Sana Teramoto recently graduated from Brown University with a degree in Educational Neuroscience. In both academic and personal life, Sana is passionate about issues of social justice. They have been involved in organizing efforts and have experience facilitating workshops on issues of identity and oppression. Sana is interested in the ways of incorporating social justice into the classroom. In their free time, Sana enjoys reading, photography, cooking, and experimenting with new smoothie ingredients.
 richard-letendre 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.
 maria-rengucci Maria Rengucci majored Religious Studies and Anthropology at Saint Michael’s College and studied abroad in Italy and Samoa, a South Pacific Island. I joined AmeriCorps because I believe the only way to make our future bright and positive is by opening the minds of our children to explore and enjoy learning. I hope to learn to positively teach children to change the world through positive actions starting in their home community.
melvin-korpue Melvin Korpue is an Education Fellow serving at Martin Luther King Jr. elementary in Providence. He was raised in Providence, RI; but born in Liberia, Africa. He graduated from Bryant University with a degree in Sociology and Human Resources. He has committed to helping people and every one of his previous jobs has allowed him to do so. Melvin’s personal pastime pleasure is gardening, he has held a little garden plots for over 9 years.
alessia-arregui Alessia Arregui has been making art out of life and life out of art for about 21 years out of 23 years. She grew up in New Jersey and is half Spanish and half Romanian. She has been making art ever since she can remember and recently went to Rhode Island School of Design and majored in Glass, Light, and Optics. Alessia will be teaching K and 1st grade art and is inspired to create a realm for creativity, expression and experimentation here at LCCS!
susana-ortega Susana Ortega is an Ed Fellow serving at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary. Both of her parents are from Bolivia, but she was born and raised in Providence, RI. She attended Brown University and continued her education at Regis College. She’s happy to be in the Ed Fellow program because it provides her the opportunity to motivate other students to achieve in their education and to reach their ultimate goals.
alicia-bourque Alicia Bourque is a recent graduate from Roger Williams University where she studied Secondary Education and History. Though she currently lives in Bristol, RI, Alicia is originally from Brookline, NH where she lived on a farm with her family. In Alicia’s free time she likes to play soccer and travel the world!


 anna-sangree Anna Sangree is very excited about being an Americorps Education Fellow this year, working with Kindergarten and English Language Development. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2015 with a degree in Geography, Environmental Studies and Spanish. Anna decided to join The Learning Community after finding joy in teaching English in China.
diego-arene-morley Diego Arene-Morley graduated from Brown University with a degree in Public Policy with a focus on local government and statistics. He will pursue a future in social work and politics after learning the secrets to a happy life with the students at the Learning Community.
jeffrey-swanlund Jeffrey Swanlund is an environmental enthusiast! His passion for education started in the Florida Keys where he taught students of all ages to respect and appreciate the ocean and its incredible resources. Jeff recently worked at the Mystic Aquarium where he traveled to schools throughout the region and taught a variety of marine science classes which included hands-on learning with various marine organisms. He hopes to pursue a career in education and teach science in a public school system. When not at work you can find Jeff under the sea SCUBA diving or enjoying all sorts of seafood.
lexi-brown Lexi Brown recently graduated from St. John’s University, majoring in Sociology with a triple minor in Theology, International Studies, and Social Work.  Having worked in several variety roles within diversified nonprofit settings, she has grown to be particularly passionate about the rights and welfare of women and children. Lexi has studied abroad in countries throughout Europe, where she has had the pleasure of working with young children and seeing firsthand the various social and academic setbacks they face. She believes the key to social change and the ills of our society begin with proper encouragement, care, and education of our youth.



2016-2017 AmeriCorps VISTA Bios                                                   The Learning Community

 tori_id-card Tori Saia is the Integrated Studies and Social Justice VISTA at The Learning Community for the 2016-2017 school year. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology. In the past, she has interned and volunteered with non-profit organizations that focus on mentoring students through the creative arts. Tori believes in the importance of education as a tool to empower, encourage, and support students and she is very excited to be a new member at The Learning Community. When she’s not working, Tori enjoys drawing, poetry, and wandering around bookstores.
 eva_id-card Evaniz Suarez is our Wellness VISTA. Eva, as she likes to be called, is originally from Puerto Rico where she recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She enjoyed every research and activity during her undergraduate years from being a Botany tutor to being able to study abroad at UConn. In the future she sees herself working in collaboration with our Health Department trying to eradicate the healthcare gap that is currently affecting minority groups. She enjoys going to the beach, hiking, exploring new places and spending time with her family.
grace-ludmer Grace Ludmer is the K-5 Visual Arts VISTA for elementary grades at The Learning Community. She graduated from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration and community art engagement. She has previously worked as an arts educator at ¡CityArts! in Providence and other community art organizations in New York, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor and Detroit. Grace loves to dance, spend time with friends and eat large bowls of macaroni and cheese.
mina-id-photo Mina Jafarpoor is the Extended Day VISTA at The Learning Community. She is from Iran and Rhode Island is her second home. Mina earned her Masters of Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design. She was a Social Innovation Fellow at Brown University for her book, Taste of Culture. Her book is about connecting communities through understanding their cultures. Mina has a BS degree in Physics and has about four years of research experience in neuroscience. She enjoys exploring the connection between people, technology, science and art. She is here at The Learning Community to help empower the students and the community by design.