Given my chosen career path, the many opportunities that the University of New Haven has provided for me to work with children and families in the community has significantly prepared me for my field of work.
Asia graduated with a B.A. in General Psychology with a concentration in Elementary Education and a minor in Sociology in May of 2015. She is currently completing her M.S. in Elementary Education at the University of New Haven in the program's last year of operation. As an undergraduate, Asia served as a mentor to a high school student from a New Haven school through an experiential learning course at the University of New Haven. During her junior year, she was able to observe and teach at a local middle school in West Haven as part of an assignment in her Introduction to Education course. Asia also founded the Future Teachers Club, was a member of the NAACP, and held a position in the USGA. She was nominated as the President's Public Service Fellow during the summer of 2014, where she worked as a full-time tutor at New Haven Reads, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students in the Greater New Haven community who have below grade-level reading skills.
As part of her graduate studies, Asia studied abroad in Russia, Paris, and Amsterdam during the summer of 2015 and took courses in Special Education. While also studying full-time, Asia is currently completing a full-time yearlong internship at Beecher Elementary School in Woodbridge, CT. She serves as the Assistant Site Director at New Haven Reads, where she is responsible for managing their Saturday tutoring program. Once she obtains her certification in 2016, she plans to become an elementary school teacher and hopes to one day become a principal.