Meet the Team:

Ankita Gupta
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
College: Emory University
Majors: Political Science, Ethics
Favorite subject in school: English
Hobbies: Binge watching Netflix, eating an entire bag of chips in one sitting, sleeping, writing
Favorite book as a child: "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie," by Laura Numeroff or "A Bad Case of the Stripes," by David Shannon
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Gandhi
Favorite food: symphony bars, Thai food, chocolate covered pretzels, mac n' cheese
Language(s) spoken: English and some French and Czech
Goal for the year: To inspire greatness

Gabi Zegarra-Ballon
Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
College: Just graduated high school
Majors: -----
Favorite subject in school: Art
Hobbies: Reading, photography, crafts, biking, cooking and baking
Favorite book as a child: “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite food: Lomo saltado and cinnamon rolls
Language(s) spoken: English and Spanish
Goal for the year: To help all the kids in my class who are behind get back on track

James Kaufman
Hometown: Takoma Park, MD
College: Just graduated high school            
Majors: -----
Favorite subject in school: Computer Science
Hobbies: Computer Games, reading, cooking
Favorite book as a child: “Cloud Atlas,” by David Mitchell
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Richard Nixon
Favorite food: Grilled Chicken Soft-Shell Tacos with Red Rice.
Language(s) spoken: English
Goal for the year: To unlock potential

Albert Myarick
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
College: George Mason University
Majors: History
Favorite subject in school: History
Hobbies: Playing basketball
Favorite book as a child: “Holes,” by Louis Sachar
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? The Prophet Muhammad
Favorite food: Spaghetti and meatballs
Language(s) spoken: English
Goal for the year: To improve students' confidence and abilities in the classroom and beyond

Ethan Plant
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
College: University of Maryland College Park
Majors: Psychology
Favorite subject in school: History
Hobbies: Reading, running, playing soccer, meeting new people, hiking
Favorite book as a child: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night,” by Mark Haddon
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Leonardo Da Vinci
Favorite food: Seafood Risotto
Language(s) spoken: English
Goal for the year: To inspire

Monica Jung
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
College: University of California, San Diego
Majors: Psychology
Favorite subject in school: Math, art, science
Hobbies: Arts and crafts, knitting, hiking
Favorite book as a child: “Holes,” by Louis Sachar
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? My grandparents
Favorite food: Korean soup
Language(s) spoken: Korean, Spanish, English
Goal for the year: To make a difference

Kianga Bunch-Thompson
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
College: Mount Holyoke College
Majors: Psychology and minored in Statistics
Favorite subject in school: Mathematics
Hobbies: Watching Netflix, going to the museum, dancing, singing and listening to music, watching sports
Favorite book as a child: “Arthur,” by Marc Brown
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? W.E.B. DuBois
Favorite food: Any Caribbean food
Language(s) spoken: English
Goal for the year: To improve my students’ behavior and attendance by 85%

Angela Bonham
Hometown: Washington, DC
College: The George Washington University
Majors: Speech and Hearing Science
Favorite subject in school: Math
Hobbies: Running, dancing, arts and crafts
Favorite book as a child: “Sideways Stories from Wayside School,” by Louis Sachar
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Michael Jackson
Favorite food: Mac & cheese, sweet potatoes, and collard greens
Language(s) spoken: English
Goal for the year: To make a difference in my community

Alie Mihuta
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY
College: St. Lawrence University
Majors: Spanish, Government, Religious Studies
Favorite subject in school: History
Hobbies: Taking pictures, recycling, watching Gilmore Girls, running, apple picking, shoe shopping
Favorite book as a child: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," by Betty Smith
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Winston Churchill
Favorite food: Chicken paprikash, peanut butter, cereal, Thai food, anything take out
Language(s) spoken: Spanish and English
Goal for the year: To feel accomplished

Monica Rajan
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
College: The Catholic University of America
Majors: Music - Vocal Performance, English
Favorite subject in school: English, History
Hobbies: Singing, piano, writing, biking, yoga
Favorite book as a child: "Flying Solo,” by Ralph Fletcher
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Favorite food: Tom Kha Gai soup, gyro, sushi, chicken biryani
Language(s) spoken: Tamil, Hindi, Spanish, Italian, French, German, English
Goal for the year: To become confident in my leadership skills and teaching abilities

Raquel Calles
Hometown: Mendota, California
College: University of CA, Davis
Majors: Sociology (Law and Society) Minors: English & Philosophy
Favorite subject in school: Math
Hobbies: Reading, softball, blogging
Favorite book as a child: “If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” Laura Numeroff
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Fredrick Douglas
Favorite food: Pepperoni pizza
Language(s) spoken: English and Spanish
Goal for the year: Travel the road less traveled by

Nick Dutton
Hometown: San Diego, CA
College: GWU
Majors: International Business
Favorite subject in school: Political Science
Hobbies: Running, reading, sports, nutrition
Favorite book as a child: Magic Treehouse Series, by Mary Pope Osborne
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Jane Goodall
Favorite food: Sweet potato fries
Language(s) spoken: English and Spanish
Goal for the year: To gain a new perspective on the education system

Andreja Comentale
Hometown: Rockville, MD
College: University of Pittsburgh
Majors: Communication
Favorite subject in school: History
Hobbies: Reading, watching movies
Favorite book as a child: "I Love You, Bunny Rabbit" by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Queen Elizabeth
Favorite food: Mashed potatoes, potato salad
Language(s) spoken: English and Spanish
Goal for the year: To touch the lives of all of the children I come in contact with and to leave behind a strong legacy at Stanton

Stephen McGovern (Team Leader)
Hometown: Boston, MA
College: Regis College
Majors: Business Management and Communications
Favorite subject in school: Math
Hobbies: Swimming, biking and anything that gets me outside
Favorite book as a child: Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? My Grandfathers
Favorite food: French Fries, burgers with an egg on top
Language(s) spoken: English
Goal for the year: To help my corps members have the most impactful year they can have

Gabrielle  Betances (Team Leader)
Hometown: Gettysburg, PA
College: Dickinson College
Majors: French and Political Science
Favorite subject in school: World history
Hobbies: Dancing
Favorite book as a child: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Nelson Mandela
Favorite food: My mom's cooking
Language(s) spoken: Spanish, French, and English
Goal for the year: To build a cohesive team that can be professional, strong, flexible while fulfilling the needs of the school we serve in by providing excellent service

Collin Kee
Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL
College: North Central College
Majors: Political Science
Favorite subject in school: Social Studies
Hobbies: Yo-yoing and skateboarding
Favorite book as a child: “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Emma Goldman
Favorite food: Peaches
Language(s) spoken: English with a touch of Spanish and French
Goal for the year: To work respect into the curriculum of my class room as well as to Stanton’s overall culture.

Jayce Perrier
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
College: Just graduated high school
Majors: ----
Favorite subject in school: English
Hobbies: Video Games, working out
Favorite book as a child: “Naruto,” by Masashi Kishimoto
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? Michael Jackson
Favorite food: Jamaican food
Language(s) spoken: English
Goal for the year: To build my speaking skills to a level of a 2nd or 3rd year college student

Bria Price
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
College: The College of Wooster
Majors: Theatre and Dance
Favorite subject in school: Mathematics
Hobbies: Journaling, teaching dance classes, taking theatre workshops, street performing, watching Netflix
Favorite book as a child: "The Skin I'm In" Sharon G. Flakes
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be?Mahatma Ghandi
Favorite food: Soul Food
Language(s) spoken: English
Goal for the year: To assist and participate in the development of a strong community

Chris Carter (Program Manager)
Hometown: Front Royal, VA
College: James Madison University
Majors: Health Sciences
Favorite subject in school: Science
Hobbies: Guitar, basketball, bicycling
Favorite book as a child: “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak
If you could meet one person in history, who would it be?  Jimi Hendrix
Favorite food: Fettuccini Alfredo
Language(s) spoken: English
Goal for the year: To provide impact with the students and community of Stanton, and to help shape a great service experience.