Read More Corps

Meet the members of the 2017-2018 cohort!


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What school do you work at? 
PS 298 K in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Where were you born? 
I was born in Georgetown, Guyana, South America.

What is your educational background?
I attended Medgar Evers College where I earned a BA in Psychology with a minor in criminal justice.

What was your favorite childhood book?
My favorite childhood books were the Nancy Drew Mystery series that's ghost written by Carolyn Keene.

What inspired you to serve?
My inspiration to serve came as a result of my love for reading and my belief that reading is essential in every aspect of life. A high school teacher of mine once quoted a line from Kingdom of heaven and it resonated with me, he said; what man is a man that does not make the world a better place, and it's one of the mantras that I not only serve by but also live by.

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What school do you work at?
PS 298 K in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Where were you born?
Fremont, Ohio

What is your educational background?
The Ohio State University, 2015

What was your favorite childhood book?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By: Bill Martin Jr.

What inspired you to serve?
I am inspired by helping and seeing others succeed.

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What school do you work at? 
PS 111 Q in Long Island City, Queens

Where were you born? 
I was born In Astoria, Queens.

What is your educational background?
I went to Stony Brook University in Fall 2012.

What was your favorite childhood book?
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

What inspired you to serve?
What inspired me to serve for read more Corps is being able to make an impact on NYC Communities while helping students build literacy skills. This is exciting opportunity to provide direct service and learn about the NYC Public Schools.

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What school do you work at?
PS 111 Q in Long Island City, Queens

Where were you born?
Queens native.

What is your educational background?
I attended the College of New Rochelle Manhattan campus for one year.

What was your favorite childhood book?
My favorite childhood book was the Hungry Caterpillar.

What inspired you to serve?
I'm inspired to serve under-privileged children because I strongly feel all children should receive quality education.

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What school do you work at? 
PS 516 K in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Where were you born? 
New York City

What is your educational background?
New York University - class of 2016

What was your favorite childhood book?
The Junie B. Jones series

What inspired you to serve?
As a prior ESL student, I didn't transition into a regular classroom until the 2nd grade. I have personally witnessed the profound impact of literacy on my personal, academic, and professional life. I am excited to prepare young leaders of the modern world by sharing my love for reading and learning.

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What school do you work at? 
PS 516 K in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Where were you born? 
I was born and raised in NYC - grew up in Chelsea and now reside in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

What is your educational background?
Hampshire College in Amherst, MA (B.A. in Creative writing & world history).

What was your favorite childhood book?
Ferdinand the Bull, The Owl and the Pussycat, and later the Marian Chronicles.

What inspired you to serve?
I was tutored as a child by an AmeriCorps member, so I wanted to give students the same opportunity that I was given.

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What school do you work at? 
PS 85 X in Fordham, Bronx

Where were you born? 
I was born in the City of Brotherly Love -Philadelphia, PA.

What is your educational background?
I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. I majored in Psychology and Communication.

What was your favorite childhood book?
My favorite childhood book was Holes by Louis Sachar.

What inspired you to serve?
I was inspired to serve with Read More Corps because I believe that literacy is truly the key to a successful future.

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What school do you work at? 
PS 85 X in Fordham, Bronx

Where were you born? 
I am a native born New Yorker born in Brooklyn. 

What is your educational background?
I attended George Mason University in Virginia from 2013-2017

What was your favorite childhood book?
My favorite childhood book was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.

What inspired you to serve?
What inspired me to serve is that I would be making a difference, and a meaningful difference in the lives of the children I help tutor, gaining work experience in my field, and a better understanding of the school system.

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What school do you work at? 
PS 277 X in Mott Haven, Bronx

Where were you born? 
Georgetown, Guyana

What is your educational background?
University of Toronto; Osgoode Hall Law School

What was your favorite childhood book?
Fatty and the Find-Outers by Enid Blyton

What inspired you to serve?
Improve literacy rates and foster a love of reading.

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What school do you work at? 
PS 277 X in Mott Haven, Bronx

Where were you born? 
I was born and raised in the Bronx. I'm a Bronx Native.

What was your favorite childhood book?
My favorite childhood book is the Gunny Wolf. Reading the Gunny Wolf book made me fall in love with the alphabet.

What inspired you to serve?
I have been working with kids since I was 15 years old. I really enjoy the smiles on kids faces when they succeed. And when a smile is not on a child's face, I love to be the star in their sky.

My inspiration to serve came as a result of my love for reading and my belief that reading is essential in every aspect of life.
— Sharifah Amin