My name is LaShawn Simmons. I am a rising junior at Brandeis University and a recipient of the WOW Fellowship. I am majoring in African and African American Studies and minoring in Anthropology. For the last two summers, I worked with Breakthrough Collaborative as a teaching fellow. During my time in Haiti, I hope to continue the work of inspiring students to pursue education and become leaders for social change in their communities. I am also passionate about creating spaces for student’s voices and I look forward to engaging with the students in Haiti and learning from them. Words can not describe how excited I am about this opportunity!
Hi! My name is Joe Dzerkacz and I teach with Shaina at TechBoston Academy. I am honored, grateful, and excited to work with young local leaders in Hinche. I have been teaching high school mathematics to newcomers from Haiti for the past two years. I have learned so much from my students and I look forward to learning more by being immersed in their culture during this visit. I am thrilled to be teaching engineering and I look forward to exploring challenging concepts through hands-on activities with the students. This trip will be especially meaningful because one of my current students, Geraldine Bogard, will also volunteering at ETE Camp! Hopefully I can take what I learn on this trip and use it to become a better teacher in Boston.
Bonjou! My name is Jessica Descartes and I work with Ms. Shaina at TechBoston Academy. Being a first-time volunteer last summer, it was an easy decision for me to come back for summer of 2016. I am looking forward to seeing all of the familiar faces and excited to meet new ones as well. I’m also excited to get back to the learning, the fun and the adventure that is ETE Camp. It continues to be a rewarding experience.
Zari Havercome is a recent graduate of Brandeis University and is working towards the field of Global Health. This is her second experience with ETE camp and she excited to remain a part of the program. She believes in and endorses all opportunities to promote youth and provide them with the environment to make them into what they want to be. Paying it forward is an important concept to her and participating in opportunities such as ETE Camp are extremely special to her. Following her participation this summer, Zari will begin working for City Year, Brooklyn.
My name is Geraldine Bogardand I was born in Port-Au-Prince Haiti. My freshman year, I attended Christophe High School in Port-au-Prince Haiti before I was moved to the United States at 15 years old. I continued my schooling in the United States – during this time, I played soccer, ran track and founded an academic club (TBA Club Of Youth Leaders). I also worked with the Association of Haitian Women in Boston and was a change agent for the Mayors Youth Council. I also attended the Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology where I was taking classes during my senior year of high school. I graduated from TechBoston Academy at 18 years old. In the fall 2016, I will attend Brandeis University.
Jessica Pierre Francois
Jessica Pierre Francois is a longtime supporter of ETE Camp and Chairwoman of the ETE Camp Governing Board. A good friend of the Gilbert family, Jess PF returns to ETE Camp this year to teach English literacy. Outside of camp, she is a medical student at UMASS Medical School.
Hi! My name is Marieljane Bastien – MJ for short. Youth and education are passions of mine and I am thrilled to be a part of ETE Camp this summer. Although I was born and raised in Boston, my Haitian roots run deep. I am super excited to give back to a community that I am strongly connected to.