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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!!!




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







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

Congratulations Future Blue Hens!!

Arpita Making Calls   On Wednesday, March 20th, Arpita, Kevin, Ellie and Kelsey, telephoned  telephone approximately 100 students who received letters this week from UD admissions indicating that they have seats in the fall 2013 freshman class, and that they have been admitted as teacher education majors.  The busy high school seniors who were contacted were excited and eager to learn more about the University of Delaware.  The ASPIRE callers described the school’s climate as active and very busy with TONS of clubs, opportunities to travel, and many, many special interest communities such as ASPIRE to join.  Some parents intercepted the calls, and they seemed equally excited, with many indicating an interest in visiting the campus again during Destination Delaware.  ASPIRE will host a table on Sunday April 7 from 6:00-7:00pm in Trabant to welcome families who attend Destination Delaware. 

A Little Like Herding Mice…

This is our latest effort at getting the new ASPIRE officers together…they are a busy crew…pictured are Kevin Nai and Katie Kull, 2013 senior officers, with their crew in training:  Camille Fontenelle, Treasurer, Tatiana Burgess, Vice President, and Gemelle John, Historian….. missing are Lorene McCoy, President, Keri Rojas, Secretary, Conor Small and Kevin Davis, PR…stay tuned we are bound to catch them all in the same room soon :)