End of the Semester Celebration


Let’s Celebrate


The ASPIRE community will gather on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Collins Room of Perkins Student Center for our

annual end of semester celebration.


Come out to share great food, good memories, and a toast to all the wonderful things ahead!!!




Continuing to Serve…

 ASPIRE members are encouraged to participate in serviceThe following opportunities are upcoming:

  From Katie Kull 

(1) Tuesday Oct 22nd @ 6pm: “Leaders in ECE”; brilliant discussion on the educational gap that exist in America today and how we need talented ECE teachers to help us close it!

 Latin American Community Center 

403 N. Van Buren 

Wilmington, DE 19805
6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Dinner to follow LACC tour at Los Jardines

  (2) Wednesday Oct. 23rd @ 10am: Visit to a TFA Corps member’s ECE classroom at the Latin American Community Center and discussion on how ECE play a critical role in closing the education gap (Wilmington, DE)

 Contact Caitlin Gleason for more information at 


 From Dr. Carol Wong

 (3) Tuesday Nov 5th from 2pm-3:pm  serve as student guide for the Success through Education Conference

 The purpose of the conference is to initiate a partnership between the University of Delaware and Delaware high schools in order to recruit a diverse teacher population.

 Contact Carol Wong for additional information at


Fall 2013 Praxis I Math Review

Praxis 1 Math Review Sessions 6:00pm-8:00pm on Tuesdays

All Sessions Meet in 227 Alison Hall

Meetings: 10/8, 10/15, 10/22

Individual Review Session by Request: 10/29

*Students Should Take Pre-test 1 Prior to the Class Meeting on October 8th

Bring the completed test to class on October 8th

The pre-test is available in 200 Academy Street 2nd Floor

(Ask at Reception Desk)


Tutor/Instructor:  Stanley Anderson

ASPIRE Opens Year with New Faces and Lots of Energy

2013 opening 2  On Wednesday, September 11, President Lorene McCoy and Vice President Tatiana Burgess started the fall 2013 meeting with cheerful greetings and an overview of the organization’s annual agenda, featuring highlights of service projects conducted both on and off campus.  Treasurer Camille Fontenelle and Secretary Keri Rojas, along with Conor Small, Communications Officer, helped to outline how the organization works and their personal reasons for being involved.

In additional to on-going service activities, the group will continue to meet monthly for student led presentations and discussions of topics that student leaders select.  Doctoral student Ali Marzochi announced the first Reading Research workshop, which will be held in early October for officers who are planning for presentations and ASPIRE members who are interested in learning more about how to prepare for research-based presentations.

The meeting schedule for the fall semester includes monthly Study Hours.  The Study Hours are also a new feature for the organization.  Students will meet on selected study dates by major area for problem-solving related to academic issues, including advice for selecting courses and planning academic schedules for subsequent semesters.  This new feature is designed to be particularly useful to freshmen and students who are new to each major area.  Sohan Ghandi, a 2013 Elementary and Math Education graduate, returned to campus to share his experiences as a substitute teacher at Kirk Middle School.  While he would prefer having a permanent position, Sohan explained how working as a substitute allows him to co-teach with more experienced teachers, and he believes that he is gaining the most valuable experience for becoming a great teacher over time.

 2013 opening 3  Karol Ovedo, an International Studies major and campus representative for Teach for America, spoke briefly about why TFA is a good option for students who want to make a difference in the lives of poor children who are at greatest risk for underachieving.  Karol has joined ASPIRE and wants to develop relationships that support her interest in becoming a high school teacher.

The next ASPIRE session will be a study group that will be held on Wed Sept 18.

Welcome Back to Campus & Welcome Class of 2017!!

The ASPIRE community will gather on Wednesday September 11 at 6:00pm in Purnell 324B for the Opening Meeting of the 2013-14 School Year.  We expect to rekindle friendships, welcome new members, and learn about exciting and beneficial activities.

Mark Your Calendars… A New School…New Challenges…New Opportunities







Summer 2013 Research, Service Learning, Leadership Development and More…

Tatiana Burgess (English Education C’ 2014), Camille Fontenelle (Elementary Education C’2016), SaiSri Gajjala (Biomedical Engineering and Leadership C’2015), Megan Hallett (English Education C’2014), and Kevin Nai (English Education C’2014) are investigating the national urgency to increase college access and completion rates by focusing on federal, state, and district policies and practices.  After “ingesting” background reading on the nature of the federal and state relationship in education, federal theories of change and action, and policy briefs on college degree access as a global economic issue as well as a civil rights issue, these students had an opportunity to meet  face to face with important stakeholders to discuss views on practices as they relate to intended local behavior by state and federal policy makers.  The undergraderate research team conducted a lively discussion with key stakeholders on Wednesday June 12.

(left to right facing out) Malik Stewart, State and Federal Programs Director in the Redclay School District, Cimone Philpotts, Legislative intern DE Senate Finance Committee, Leo Dohan, Naramco Manager and Sponsor of the Bridge to Employment program, Curtis Bedford, Principal at Newark High School, Shannon Griffin, Parent Advocate and Executive Director of Learning Link of Delaware, and Latisha Bracey, Legislative Assistant to Senator Chis Coons Discuss Education and Practices that Support School Success and College Access

(left to right facing out) Malik Stewart, State and Federal Programs Director in the Redclay School District, Cimone Philpotts, Legislative intern DE Senate Finance Committee, Leo Dohan, Naramco Manager and Sponsor of the Bridge to Employment program, Curtis Bedford, Principal at Newark High School, Shannon Griffin, Parent Advocate and Executive Director of Learning Link of Delaware, and Latisha Bracey, Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Chis Coons Discuss Education Policy and Practices that Support School Success and College Access

Beginning on Monday June 17, the undergraduates continued collecting data by convening sessions that support a group of Newark High School seniors.  The high school students  will complete college and scholarship applications during a 10 day campus experience:  On Track for Success is funded by Bridge to Employment (BTE),  a Johnson and Johnson–Naramco program.  ASPIRE has partnered with this effort for the past six years.

The summer 2013 work continues the College Awareness Reaching Everyone (CARE) agenda introduced in 2009 as a central activity of the ASPIRE community.  The outreach, service learning, and community-based research activities build leadership skills for the undergraduate students, and the activities provide additional opportunities for pre-service teachers to develop culturally responsive interaction styles and practices. The high school students benefit from interactions on the campus and by building relationships with undergraduates who are successful students and near peer role models.   Taria Pritchett, English Education Class of 2012, who initiated Operation CARE when she was president of ASPIRE,  returned to campus on July 19th to conduct sessions on writing competitive college essays.  Taria is now a member of  the English faculty at Mt. Pleasant High School. Her teaching load next year will include developmental and IB courses.Teacher Taria

The work this summer continues with support from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential learning, with added support from the School of Public Policy and Administration.  Several of the undergraduates are conducting research to fulfill credit requirements in a new Public Policy, Education, and Leadership course.

Seven of the high school students are continuing work that they began last summer when ASPIRE supported their efforts to become better self-regulated learners.  In addition to this summer’s study, ASPIRE members are tracking the changes in the high school students’ academic profiles that appear associated with the work done in summer 2012 to help the high school students improve their time management and study skills.  Undergraduates Kevin Nai and Sai Gajjala returned for the second summer to work with the Newark High students and continue research on college preparation and access.

summer20135summer20134Megan and Group Camille and Genovieve Tatiana Burgess, Megan Hallett, and Camille Fontenelle met the Newark students during sessions held at the high school and here on campus during the  2012-13 school year.  The undergrads will complete this phase of their research when the first summer session concludes on May 5, and they will work through July to finalize their paper and poster presentations for the August undergraduate research symposium.  The work this summer investigates two major course questions:


1)      Examination of the On Track for Success Program as an Agentive Process –What pre/post experience changes are evident in students’ reports of their personal confidence that they will pursue post-secondary degrees and in their reports they will achieve post-secondary degrees? What are the pre/post experience changes in students’ reports of barriers that might prevent success and in the students’ reports of resources that will ensure their success? How does On Track for Success (as a component of BTE) address national concerns for improving college completion rates in the U.S.?  What are the merits and limitations of this kind of intervention?  How is this kind of intervention viewed by key stakeholders who shape policy and practice?

 2) How does the On Track for Success program reflect national priorities related to the emerging Knowledge Economy and theories of change and action?  Who is participating and to what effect in post-secondary education?  What factors seem most influential in the college/career choices of the high school students?  Are they most concerned about location, environment, type of school, admissions requirements, quality of the academic programs, expenses, financial aid, housing, campus life, other?  What institutional options are the students considering and how are these influenced by market dynamics and public policy?   



The Celebration Continues

The ASPIRE community will recognize treasured moments below.  Congratulations to the Class of 2013!!!

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ADELANTE!!! Adelante  Eku ori ire (Yoruba)  !!!  Ese gan to our Families !!!!!    Bain FamilyQ's Family

We give thanks in the Akan tradition, celebrating the 16th Kente Stoling !!!


Special congratulations and recognition to the Nguyen Family… GEAR UP to ASPIRE to Medical School…WOWAnh's FamilyAnh at Convocation So proud of you ANH !!!

Forward you all go, with wonderful memories and a world of best wishes.  HUGS always from ASPIRE Q Hug

Let the Celebration Begin

On Tuesday May 14, the English Education faculty and students hosted their annual graduation reception, and it was a

wonderful and memorable event!

English Ed

ASPIRE VP Ellenie Cruz was recognized by her class as The Teacher Who Is Most Likely to Change the World.  Great Choice!!!

Ellenie Bain

Lawrence “Mr. Bain” Manley was hailed as The Voice of Reason — A Reasonable Choice for Sure



Kevin and Mom

Junior Kevin Nai got a head start on celebrating for his own 2014 graduation by being recognized for his promise as a teacher by Delaware School Leaders.  Kevin’s mom is thrilled, and the ASPIRE community is very proud.

Congratulations to ALL and stayed tuned…this is the best week of the last four years!!!

Spring Awards

April 12 School of Ed Program

Celebration of Excellence on Friday April 12, 2013.

ASPIRE members were prominent of among the Elementary Education majors who received special recognition for achievement.   Camille Fontenelle received the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, Alpha Chapter-Freshman Award which recognizes future promise in education based on academic achievement and participation in education-related activities.  Camille, who is enrolled in the Honors College has already identified a research project and faculty mentor.  She is planning a comparative study of rigor required of elementary students in schools on the Island of St. Lucia and here in Delaware.  Camille is the treasure-elect of ASPIRE and is pictured below with her father.

  Camille and Father April 12 School of Ed Program

Amber Beaman received the Mathematics Education Undergraduate Award which recognizes her outstanding potential as a mathematics educator.  Amber has completed several research projects and most recently worked with Professor Jim Hiebert and conducted a comparative study of mathematics instruction in three countries using TIMMS video data to identify patterns in pedagogical styles and expectations of teachers.  Amber served as treasurer of ASPIRE in 2012. She is pictured below with her mother and her sister.

     Amber at School of Ed Awards Program

The ASPIRE Family salutes Camille and Amber!!

Welcome Class of 2017

Riley Interacting with Class of 2017 Destination DE Two prospective education majors and members of the UD Class of 2017 chat with Riley O’Brien during Destination Delaware.  Two hundred future Blue Hens found their way to campus on Sunday April 7th for a fast-paced, over night adventure that sealed the deal for many of the pre-freshmen.  ASPIRE leaders were on hand to welcome students to campus on Sunday and during a parting luncheon on Monday April 8th.                                  ASPIRE at Destination DE Spring 2013