Summer Spotlight: Week 1

Yvonne Tran 2Yvonne Tran

Teaching Assistant of the Week
College Success Academy

Hometown: Dorchester
Current top three colleges I’d like to attend: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston University
Favorite hobbies: Creative writing, song writing, theatre, and drawing
Favorite book: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
If I could have one super power it would be: Teleportation
Interesting fact: I have written a song about the pancreas and another about the hallux (which is your big toe!).
Why I work with Steppingstone: I want to work with the College Success Academy because I want to give back to the Steppingstone community and to have the privilege of working with motivated Scholars. I want to bring Scholars one step closer to their goals by helping them master academic skills, such as note taking and timeliness.
My favorite part: The people–I love the Scholars and I love the company of the staff.

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Victoria Volker

Intern of the Week
The Steppingstone Academy 

Hometown: Buda, Texas
Education: Wellesley College
Favorite hobbies: Reading, thrift/antique shopping, exploring new places
Favorite movie: Psycho
Favorite book: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
If I could have one super power it would be: The power to apparate. I know it’s a Harry Potter skill and not a super power…but I still think it’d be pretty cool!
Interesting fact: I have three tattoos that all honor important and influential women in my life.
Why I work with Steppingstone: As a future teacher, I was interested in an opportunity to begin teaching and to work in an environment that I was unfamiliar with. As a native Texan, the idea of working in Boston and meeting students from an entirely different background was deeply inspiring and intriguing to me.
One highlight so far: Learning what it feels like to have students see you as a mentor and an educator from whom they can learn. It’s the first time anyone has called me “Ms. Volker”! When students are excited to see me in the morning or are eager to share their thoughts with me, it just warms my heart!
My favorite part: Experiencing our novel (I teach reading) alongside the Scholars. Getting to discuss literature with them is the best part of my day!