The authors of this blog are all current students of the Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. They have a shared passion for promoting inclusive education in the U.S. classrooms and across the world.
Meilin Chong – Meilin graduated from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s’ degree in Counseling Psychology and Early Childhood Education (Pre-K to 2nd grade). She has taught in bilingual schools in Boston, Massachusetts, and then taught university students in Ecuador for a year. She speaks Spanish and English.
SoYeong Jeong– SoYeong graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa just a few months before moving to Philadelphia. While studying Sociology in college, she taught in Grinnell, Chicago, Seoul, Nakhon si Thammarat, and Kathmandu. SoYeong speaks Korean and English with bits and pieces of Spanish and Nepali.
Yingxue Wu– Yingxue spent the last two years teaching English in a village school in Guangdong through Teach For China. Before that, she was trained in speech pathology and special education at the University of Iowa for six years. Other than English, she speaks Mandarin Chinese and Shashinese (a local dialect in central mainland China).
Munise Gültekin – Munise studied Foreign Language Education at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. She has taught English in K-12 settings in both Turkey and Germany. Munise speaks Turkish, English, Spanish and German at different levels.
Alicia Serna Frausto– Alicia is a Mexican-American queer activist from California. Alicia spent the last year teaching English at an all girls social welfare school in south India. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College in International Relations and Spanish Literature. Alicia speaks six languages in varying degrees: English, Spanish, French, Hindi, Telugu, Kichwa.