Megan is a rising junior at Columbia University double majoring in Mathematics and Classics. Outside of the classroom, she debates as a member of the Columbia Parliamentary Debate Team, explores New York City through Urban NY cultural events, and teaches as a Kaplan SAT Classroom Instructor. Currently, she is also interning at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers under the Director of Environmental Affairs.
“As a Kaplan teacher, I quickly grew to see that the two most important components to teaching are inspiring passion and providing mentorship, not merely instruction. YLOT truly embodies these principles by emphasizing the skills of leadership, teamwork, and learning through challenges to its high school participants. I look forward to joining The Open Classroom team so that I can provide a unique, untraditional learning experience to my students, while also taking full advantage of the opportunity to learn from my incredible co-workers and students.”
Dylan Olivia Hunzeker is a second year at Columbia College studying Comparative Literature. She has worked in her high school’s Writing Center directing teams to help English as a Second Language students and Special Education students find places within the school to have private, uninterrupted instruction. She has also worked as a private counselor for high school students during the college application journey.
“As a tutor, and by extension, a mentor, I have learned how important one person can be in the course of a student’s education; often a mentor is the last component in a student’s success. While I believe that education is an inherently personal project, I think that students should surround themselves with the right mentors. YLOT and The Open Classroom will allow me the opportunity to continue aiding students in their own paths and to work with an incredible team of people.”
Kristen Kelly is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania double majoring in Urban Studies and English, with a minor in Asian American Studies. Outside of the classroom, she participates in The Philomathean Society, the PEER Mentoring Program, the Asian Pacific American Leadership Initiative, and Oracle (a Senior Honor Society). She has worked as an English as a Second Language tutor for adult language learners working in her hometown of Philadelphia, and has participated in various leadership development programs for both high school and college students.
“I’m incredibly excited to begin work with The Open Classroom! YLOT equips students to be successful self-advocates for their own education by fostering an intellectually curious and personally driven environment. Throughout high school and college, I’ve learned that these qualities are integral to having an emotionally fulfilling experience in both academic and social spheres. I can’t wait to share my own knowledge as a junior facilitator, and look forward to learning from the students as well.”