Simon Ainsworth – Glenshaw, PA
A graduate of Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business, Simon has a true passion for math. He finds joy in helping students to push forward and get excited about learning math concepts. Simon is delighted to be a Corps member so that he can help Propel students succeed, both in school and in life.
Adam Bailey – Berea, KY
Adam’s rural roots in West Virginia and Kentucky have allowed him to see that poverty knows no geographic bounds. Preparing to graduate from the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, Adam believes that the Corps will produce excellent Propel teachers who possess passion, empathy and understanding.
Emily Ecker – Pittsburgh, PA
Emily sees the Corps as a way to influence young people and bring about positive change in the community. She has a passion and excitement for math that she will share with her community of students. Her experiences at Duquesne University have taught Emily that being truly engaged with students and families will lead to classroom success. She believes in and is inspired by the resiliency of youth.
Sonia Ewell – Pittsburgh, PA
Self-described as a ‘wife, mother, youth and community leader and educator,’ Sonia believes that the Corps will define the pathway to success for both teachers and students. With degrees from Youngstown State University and the University of Pittsburgh, she believes in limitless possibilities for all students.
Mayada Mansour – Bellevue, PA
Mayada chose to be a part of the Corps because of the emphasis on social justice. She believes that her tenacity will allow her to challenge students to love science. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she aspires to be an educator that develops the leaders of the next generation.
LaShawn Neal – Export, PA
The concept and practice of ‘patience’ is important to LaShawn. Keeping end-goals in mind, the move toward the classroom is vital for LaShawn. Formerly a senior cost engineer, she has always had a passion for volunteering with youth. She will now channel her experience and enthusiasm into educating students. She sees the corps as a way to inspire and be inspired by students.
Esteban Sagastume – Monroeville, PA
Esteban’s passion for education and for providing opportunity to students is a true vocation. He believes that adaptability is a key educational component for students and teachers alike. As a University of Pittsburgh graduate, Esteban brings his linguistic, analytic and experiential skills to the Corps.
LaVaughn Wesley – Pittsburgh, PA
La Vaughn is proud to be an inaugural Corps member and is ready to make a difference in the lives of students. He believes in challenging students while helping them to grow within their school family. La Vaughn’s experience at Edinboro University, combined with his work ethic and enthusiasm, will allow him to leave a lasting impact on urban students