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How Jaquette Is Touching Lives
"As a visual learner, I've always struggled with math and science," says Jaquette Easterlin ('11). "I need applicable examples to understand the concepts." Growing up in urban Tacoma, she watched siblings, peers and students struggle to succeed in the traditional classroom. Thanks to family and caring teachers, she is now a university graduate and has chosen to return to Tacoma Public Schools to serve at the Science and Math Institute (SAMI). "I want to be the strong support system that provides hope for students like my siblings and me," says Jaquette, who co-teaches two study skills courses and provides vital mentoring services. "Most students need someone that is going to push them to be successful, to uplift them and provide them with the tools to thrive in the classroom and in life." SAMI's unique "all-inclusion" model involves students in the learning process by asking them what and how they want to learn. Being at SAMI has fueled Jaquette's vocational vision to create positive environments for students marginalized by educational inequality. Now studying for the GRE, she is preparing for graduate programs in school counseling and social work. "I hope that by joining the Krista Foundation I can further my mission of service and empowerment."
Jaquette's Service BioAt the Science and Math Institute I am the BRIDGE coordinator and student support service contact. I organize training sessions for my students, often working one-on-one to support and improve their success academically and socially.
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