Learn about this year’s AmeriCorps Team! We are so grateful to have this team with us!
2019-2020 Education Fellows Bios The Learning Community
|Jamie Aguilar||Hello Hello! I’m Jamie Aguilar, a recent graduate from The University of Rhode Island with a major in Psychology. I am from Pawtucket, Rhode Island and look forward to my role as the Community Partnership VISTA. I plan to gain great connections and experiences working with everyone in the Learning Community. I have participated as a volunteer Spanish interpreter and other volunteer jobs in the RIFC and PCHC, which have given me great joy in helping out the community. Some fun past times I enjoy include painting, salsa dancing, and teaching my pet parakeet new tricks.|
|Fio Alonzo||Fio will be a member of the 2019 year’s group of Education Fellows. He spends his nights with the Rhode Island Urban Debate League, creating curriculum and planning tournaments for high school youth. He also enjoys planning events for LGBTQ youth, youth of color, and chronically ill youth. Outside of volunteerism he loves playing music, learning languages, and reading.|
|Travis Clements||Travis Clements is a person who enjoys being a mentor to the youth. He has dedicated a lot of time to helping people of all ages and backgrounds strive to be the best version of themselves. He enjoys volunteering typically for causes involving animals, homeless shelters, and with students. Working hard to create avenues of success can be seen in the way he lives his life. He genuinely just wants everyone to be great and have a chance at the life we all deserve. His passion for helping others is a driving force in his own life and it shows in all the different talents he displays.|
|Joseph Coste||Joseph Coste will joining the AmeriCorps VISTA program as a Communications and Development VISTA for the 2019-2020 school year. Joseph just graduated Rhode Island College with a B.A in Mass Media Communications. On the side Joseph does freelance videography work an has work on a wide range of projects from short films, music videos, and digital advertisements.Joseph has a passion for storytelling through all types of media, and Joseph is excited to start working at the Learning Community.|
|Giselle DaSilva||Giselle DaSilva is a member of the Learning Community Education Fellows team. She is currently attending Community College of RI as part of the Joint Admission Program for Elementary Education. She is excited to transfer to Rhode Island College and receive a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. She has been working with children since 2017, and teaching is her passion as well as dream career. She is also a piano teacher and accompanist located in Cumberland RI. She has been independently teaching piano and directing her own community choir in Cumberland since 2015. This is her first year with the Americorps Education Fellow team and her first year with The Learning Community. She is ecstatic to be a part of this team!|
|Jenifer DeGrace||“Jenifer is currently attending CCRI studying Education/Special Education. She has been a Teacher Assistant for the past ten years working in public schools. Jen enjoys working and helping children. They help her to be motivated and keeps her on her toes! Jen enjoys spending time with friends/ family, and taking pictures. She also enjoys nature by hiking and exercising. She has been very excited to start her new journey and continue to keep learning new things!|
|Izzy Okunlola||Izzy Okunlola, is a Nigerian native who migrated to Rhode Island in 2001. He attended Bishop McVinney Catholic School from 4th to 8th grade, where he was a member of a championship basketball team, and graduated top of his class. As a personal challenge, Izzy attended The Met High School (Shepard and Liberty Building) for his secondary education. While attending The Met, Izzy interned with neurologists, neurosurgeons, his previous basketball coach, a local musician, pediatricians, etc. at various places that included Rhode Island & Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Butler Hospital, John Hope Settlement House, Beatbox Studios, and many more.He was chosen to be the valedictorian speaker at his graduation in 2011 at PPAC before he went off to attend college at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. As a college student, he was active in groups like the Neuroscience Education and Research at DePauw (NERD), the TALKS Mentoring Program, and was chosen to be a student representative on the Community Standards Hearing Board. He graduated from DePauw in 2015 and has dedicated his following years toward giving back to his community and guiding students of color. Since graduating college, Izzy has be a youth organizer in Manchester, New Hampshire and a freelance writer for the Manchester InkLink on millennial concerns. Izzy returned to Rhode Island in 2017, and has worked at various youth organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Warwick, Federal Hill House, The Mount Hope Learning Center, and has just completed a summer at BreakThrough Providence as the 9th Grade Fellows Mentor. When he is not busy, Izzy is an amateur photographer, and enjoys traveling and trying out new food.|
|Carmen Ribaudo||Carmen Ribaudo is excited to join The Learning Community as the School Culture VISTA. She is a recent transplant to Providence from St. Louis, MO, where she worked on an archive project focused on social movements. The archive drove her to delve into learning about the social and political lansdcapes of St. Louis and the United States. Carmen has long been drawn to becoming an educator — she worked as support staff at The College School in St. Louis, and as Community Education Apprentice and teacher at Perennial, also in St. Louis. She earned her BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Knox College in 2016. A dedicated creative, she keeps up regular art and writing practices. In her free time, she loves to cook, read, and hike.|
Aishly volunteered a lot during High school, it helped her extend her knowledge on whats going on in her own community and the community where she went to school. Aishly likes helping others and being a part of their growth. She have 7 siblings in total and two dogs and a parakeet.
|Sophia Wright||Sophia Wright is a native Rhode Islander interested in social justice, education, history and story telling. In 2013 Sophia graduated with a Bachelors degree in American Studies, Comparitive Race and Ethnicities. Since then she has volunteered in the Providence area teaching English to adult learners, organizing around immigrants rights, and working with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated folks to organize policy change and educational events for the community. Sophia is looking forward to a year of service where she will nurture her passion for education and witness the transformative power of knowledge. Sophia uses she or they gender pronouns.|
|Heejae Yang||Heejae is joining the Learning Community this year as an AmeriCorps Education Fellow. Born in Korea, she moved to Los Angeles at age 6 and grew up in Los Angeles. She moved to Providence to attend Brown University. She studied Biology and then attended medical school at Brown University, before deciding to transition to pursue another career. While in medical school, she discovered her passion for education through her roles as a leader of the student group that regularly volunteered at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, as a volunteer teacher of nutrition to 4th graders, and as a volunteer classroom assistant for ESL at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island. In her free time, she likes to volunteer with her Christian church and catch up with friends. She is very excited to join the team at the Learning Community!|
|Mike Mogayzel||Mr. Mike is on his 4th and final AmeriCorps year of service. He has served in Woonsocket for Connecting For Children And Families helping 3rd grade ELL students to improve with their literacy. He served in Providence for PASA running an afterschool program for 6-8th while also teaching a gardening program, and he served in Pawtucket for the Institute for Non Violence teaching 4th and 5th graders Non Violence curriculums, as well as helping with crisis and conflict resolution for k-5th.|
|Chris Wehrmann||“Christopher Wehrmann (Chris) is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Minor in History. Growing up, social studies and history were the two subjects he gravitated towards. A firm believer in history repeats itself, Chris is striving to become a teacher to inform students of the precarious nature of history and how mistakes can be repeated. Chris wants to instill a sense of pride in learning and education and hopes to learn new and exciting teaching techniques at the Learning Community. Chris is a hard worker, determined to always learn and work as part of a team.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys listening to country music, reading a good book, and attending concerts with friends. Chris considers himself a bit of a nerd and sports fanatic and counts the Dolphins, Celtics and Red Sox as his favorite teams. Chris is also an avid chef thanks to his father and experience working in kitchens.”