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Paid Summer Opportunity for College Students (Revised)

For over 30 years, the Adventures in the City program—program of the Christian Activities Council (CAC)– has provided free, high-quality summer programming to Hartford youth residents. The Children’s Defense Fund (a national non-profit organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman) has selected CAC’s Adventures in the City  program as a Freedom School® site for summer 2016. This program will serve approximately 100, low-income students in grades k-3 from Hartford’s North End neighborhoods and will take place at Thirman Milner School in Hartford.  

Currently, CAC is hiring two Site Coordinators and ten Servant Leader Interns to join our dynamic Adventures in the City Freedom School team this summer. These paid, seasonal positions include a unique, all-expenses paid professional development opportunity to participate in a national training at the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School center in Tennessee.  It might seem a bit early to apply for summer positions, but our first training is scheduled for March. Therefore, we will start the interview process in a couple of weeks!

If you or any students have specific questions about the positions, please don’t hesitate to contact Stacy Lopez,, or (860) 527-9860, or Cori Mackey, CAC Executive Director at (860) 527-9860.

You can apply online here.

Summer 2016 Program Site Coordinator (Link to PDF)

Summer 2016 Servant Leader Intern (Link to PDF)

Conversations: Meet Berkley Singer, Trinity ’15

As part of our “Careers in Urban Education” Panel & Discussion, Robert Cotto, Jr. sat down with Berkley Singer for a conversation about her work this year. Berkley is a recent Trinity alumna (2015) and a City Year corps member in Denver, Colorado. In the conversation, Berkley shared what work she has been is doing, what her typical day looks like, and what advice she would give herself in back in her Trinity days.


City Year places its corps member as partners with cooperating teachers in schools. They assist teachers and students in small or larger groups on tutoring, after school programs, and other areas. As an AmeriCorps program, City Year provides a stipend and a number of other benefits.

You can learn more about the City Year program here and at Professor Dougherty’s site here. For more information, please contact:

Tiesha Nieves
Regional Recruitment Manager, Northeast
City Year, Inc.
275 Westminster St., Suite 500 | Providence, RI 02903

Quick Look at the Bantam Student Success Program

Over the last two days, the Career Development Office hosted the “Bantam Student Success Program” for Trinity students interested in learning more about career prospects. Dozens of people connected to Trinity as alums, supporters, students, administrators, and faculty participated in making the days meaningful.

Among the distinguished guests for different panels were alumnae, Jacquelyn Santiago (pictured left), the Chief Operating Officer at COMPASS Youth Collaborative, Inc, and Shakira Aida Ramos (pictured right), a Fleet Manager at Pratt and Whitney (UTC). Jacquelyn participated on the “Non-Profits” panel, while Shakira was on the “STEM” panel. Among their many accomplishments, Jacquelyn was recently named one of the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and Ramos was a Trinity College Trustee until 2010.

Santiago Cotto Ramos(Photo Courtesy of Joe Barber and Jacquelyn Santiago)

The education careers panel included Trinity alumna Crisanne Colgan , M.A. ’74, and Director of Urban Educational Initiatives, Robert Cotto, Jr., M.A. ’14 (pictured middle). Crisanne was a teacher and administrator in the Avon Public Schools district for several decades. She shared her path towards that career and some advice for current students. Robert Cotto also shared his path to becoming a teacher and working in educational policy.

The audience of roughly 20 students consisted of mostly sophomore and junior Trinity students. Their questions ranged from how to make the most of a liberal arts education, to what services students need today, and what is the best way to become knowledgeable about education policy. Hopefully this conversation will continue into next Thursday’s, “Careers in Urban Education” panel.




Careers in Urban Ed Panel – Thurs. 10/22 @ 6:30 pm

Careers in Urban Education Panel @ Trinity College


Hear the stories of Trinity alumni that are educators here in Hartford and other cities. Learn about their pathway into a career in urban education. There will be time for questions & discussion. Confirmed speakers include Shantel Hanniford, Zuleyka Shaw, Kate Bermingham, Stacey Lopez, Self Suffice (Khaiim Kelly), and Jesse Wanzer.

Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22

Location: Grand Room, Hallden Hall North

Light Dinner Served. Please sign up below so we can have an accurate count for dinner!

Sponsored by Urban Educational Initiatives, Educational Studies Program, and Career Development


Did you miss this event? You can watch the video recording below, here, or on YouTube.

Confirmed Speakers

Shantel Hanniford, Trinity ’14

Shantel Hanniford

Hi everyone, my name is Shantel Hanniford and I graduated from Trinity in 2014. While I was at Trinity I double majored in psychology and educational studies. I was also a member of the women’s basketball team and Caribbean Student’s Association (CSA). I am currently in my second year as an Americorps volunteer teacher at an all girls middle school in downtown Hartford, Grace Academy. My decision to teach was not an easy one, and like many of you interested in a pathway into urban education, you have the desire but may be missing the experience and that’s what I was missing when I was at your age at Trinity. Through this volunteer position at Grace Academy I have the flexibility to explore many different aspects of education. Last year my primary roles were 5th grade social studies teacher, administrative assistant, assistant director of Graduate support, and head basketball coach. This year my responsibilities have almost doubled. I am now the athletic director for the entire school, I’m still the head basketball coach, I am now the 5th and 6th grade health teacher, I’m still a 5th grade social studies teacher, 6th grade lead adviser, and I’m still an assistant director of graduate support. Thank you and I look forward to seeing all of you at the event. 

Watch Shantel on the panel here.

Zuleyka Shaw, Trinity ’06


Zuleyka Shaw graduated from Trinity in 2006 with a degree in biochemistry. She received her Masters in Science from The University of Connecticut in Curriculum and Instruction in 2009. She has been teaching in the city of Hartford since graduating from UConn. She has worked at two magnet schools and a community school within the district teaching both high school and middle school science. She is currently an 8th grade science teacher at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy.

Kate Bermingham, Trinity ‘ 07


I graduated from Trinity with a double major in Psychology and Educational Studies in 2007. While earning my degree at Trinity I also obtained my teaching certification at Saint Joseph College. In the Fall of ’07 I student taught in a First Grade classroom at a Hartford magnet school. In January ’08, after student teaching, I took over a kindergarten classroom for a retiring a teacher and am now in my 8th year of teaching in Hartford. I have taught Kindergarten, First and Second grades and worked in 3 different schools and although it is challenging at times, I plan to stay in the district for many years to come. I stay connected with Trinity and work with the Educational Studies Department as a coordinator for Ed200 placements at my school. Currently, I’m teaching Second Grade at the Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School (ELAMS) in Hartford.
Watch Kate on the panel here.
Stacey Lopez, Trinity ’07
Stacey Lopez Photo
Within Hartford’s youth development sector, Stacey has served as a mentor, bilingual educator, program coordinator, and program director. She currently works as Youth Organizer for the Christian Activities Council in Hartford’s North End neighborhood. Stacey graduated from Trinity College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and a minor in Community Action Studies. During her undergraduate studies, she held several internships in schools and community-based organizations in which she became passionate about popular education. Knowing that she doesn’t want to be a traditional classroom teacher, Stacey develops and facilitates culturally-relevant programs for several youth and community-focused non-profits. Grounded by a commitment to social justice, Stacey has applied her degrees in a wide range of areas:  arts-based programs for populations impacted incarceration, food justice initiatives, urban agriculture, after-school programs, youth mentoring, adult education, and community organizing. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work at University of Saint Joseph and serves on the board of the Judy Dworin Performance Project.
Watch Stacey on the panel here.

Self Suffice (Khaiim Kelly), Trinity ’02


Khaiim the RapOet reaches several thousand individuals each year, through over 300 entertaining workshops, residencies, and performances. His busy schedule is inspired by a mission to help artists and teachers share their talents with the world. Also known as Self Suffice, when credited on musical recordings and Inspiring live performances, he turned down a major label deal from Def Jam to pursue a scholarship in Computer Science, and created his own music download software. Along with Mez of Jay-Z’s Dreamville/Roc Nation, he released “Manhattan Night”, which rose to the top of the independent Hip-Hop Top 40 Charts.

Watch Self Suffice on the panel here.

Jesse Wanzer, Trinity ’08
I graduated from Trinity in 2008 with a dual major in Education Studies and Psychology. When I graduated I knew I wanted to pursue either psychology or education. I knew I wanted to do research of some kind because I had done so much of it at Trinity. I started out as a research assistant in a psychology lab and absolutely despised it. I didn’t feel as if I was doing anything of meaning. I started thinking of my options and reflected a little on my time as an Ed Studies student at Trinity. I remembered how much I loved my placements at MD Fox, McDonough, and Parkville. I also thought about a conversation I had with Jack at an AERA conference a few years prior and him mentioning that a lot of Ed Studies students don’t realize that they’d make good teachers. I think we get so locked into the research that we don’t always stop and think, “What difference can I make?”So, I found a few options to return to school to get my teaching certification. I knew I wanted to return to Hartford and teach because Hartford had done so much for me. I enrolled in the University of New Haven’s Master’s in Teaching program. It was a one year (tuition-free!) program. I worked as an intern where I lived (Enfield) and took my classes at night at a satellite branch (Newington). After interning for a year, I student-taught in Hartford at Wish. Interning really prepared me to student-teach. I was also lucky to have an outstanding cooperating teacher that pushed me to become better. My student-teaching experience led me to a long-term sub position in Hartford until I landed a full-time job last year teaching 4th grade at the Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School (ELAMS). I looped this year and am now teaching 5th grade. I love it and couldn’t think of doing anything else. Now I feel like I am finally giving back to Hartford.
Watch Jesse on the panel here.
Berkley Singer, Trinity ’15
At City Year in Denver, Colorado

Tutoring Opportunity in Hartford Public Schools

Interested in tutoring at a local school? Several Hartford Public Schools have put out a request for Trinity students to get trained and volunteer in a new tutoring opportunity through a program called “AVID” that is a national college prep program in several schools in Hartford.

This tutoring program might be a great opportunity for somebody interested in teaching, educational mentoring, or working with children in city schools. The full description is below and includes responsibilities, locations & times, and the purpose. For more information on these positions (they are looking for multiple people), contact:

Kristine Woods
AVID District Director, Hartford Public Schools:
Phone: 860-695-8744