I grew up just south of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and studied English at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities for my B.A. I decided to study International Development in Bangalore, India during one semester of my junior year. It was an intense experience and my first time out of the country. I had finally been plucked out of the Midwest and learned quickly what it was like to feel completely alive yet completely out of place. I loved it. Upon my graduation, I received a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate through Hamline University. I have spent the last seven months teaching English to small children in Shenyang, China.
While studying India’s economic, social, and political systems in Bangalore, I chose to focus my research on Indian Education Policy. I visited public and private schools, and sat in on after-school English classes in the most impoverished areas of the city. There were such stark differences between the content and style of education my six-year-old students were receiving in China with that of the children I visited in India, but both systems had common themes of inequality pertaining to gender and socio-economic status. Those inequalities are not unique to those countries, but are part of a substantial global issue. Broadly, I will study global education systems and the cultural practices that influence them: what works, what doesn’t, and why. I will focus on the US, using the information garnered from my global education research to find manageable solutions for inequality and realistic policy goals to further develop the US education system.
- BA, English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota, 2015