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Aidan is an undergraduate at Stanford University pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering, and potentially minoring in Computer Science and American History. Aidan is a Bay Area native, having attended Woodside Priory in Portola Valley. In high school, Aidan dove as deep as he could into his school’s STEM and History offerings, taking Data Structures, Artificial Intelligence, and Calc III, as well as Honors World History and AP US History. In his junior year of high school, Aidan discovered his passion for teaching as a TA for Priory’s Intro to CS class where he would run labs, help students outside of school, and even teach the entire class on occasion. In his senior year, Aidan was a TA for World History, where he graded papers and helped lead seminars. Most of Aidan’s time was spent on out-of-school projects, where he founded http://Gardensense.net, a low-cost environmental sensor network for small to medium scale agriculture projects. He is currently working on helping integrate the project into school gardens! He is also in the process of securing a patent (UPSTO: 62/412,892) for a smart case for common and expensive temperature-sensitive life saving medicines such as Epinephrine or Narcan. Since the beginning of high school, Aidan has spent his summers as an electrical engineer at V5 Systems, where he learns how the industry works and how products are built in the real world. He is always working on his portfolio of personal projects, whether he is building his friend a concussion-detecting device, or a 3’x2’ CNC CO2 Laser Cutter, he does it all with a smile and healthy obsession. When he’s not doing homework or projects, you can find Aidan playing chess, going out on weekends with his friends, and cooking at every opportunity he gets!
Akshay has wanted to invent since the fifth grade. What had started as doodles of cool futuristic inventions and mechanisms has evolved into grant-winning projects, like LLAMA-Q --- a way to control non-standard robotic mechanisms. This penchant for invention has let Akshay present different projects all over the country, from the Bay Area Maker Faire to MIT. He once spent three nights in a row printing and re-printing objects on his 3D printer to get it just right for a presentation. Akshay has also spent countless nights working on robots. Sometimes working for competitions like FIRST, in which his team held the top ten highest scores in Texas one year, and sometimes working on his projects, like RouXY --- a low-cost, low-stress router. He has worked in education as the director of projects for STEMpump --- a platform for student STEM education. Now, with Curious Cardinals, he hopes to influence young minds to invent and to make.
Alec is a senior at Harvard studying English literature. Last spring, Alec directed, edited and composed music for his own film entitled “Traffic at the Hand Ferry,” and just completed his senior thesis on the HBO series "Deadwood." His interests include literature, poetry, painting and film. Alec has worked as a research partner at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study since his sophomore summer. He has assisted professional researchers and artists in disciplines ranging from documentary photography and archiving, to speech recognition in the Italian language. Also during his sophomore summer, Alec worked as an RA at the Harvard Summer School, acting as a mentor and advisor to twenty high school juniors, as well as leading community service trips to nursing homes and food pantries. At Harvard, Alec is a springboard diver on the Varsity Swimming and Diving team. He was an Ivy League Championship finalist in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons, helping Harvard win championship titles in all three years. While in high school, Alec was an east-national silver medalist on the one-meter springboard, and a national finalist in the three-meter and synchronized diving events. Alec also studied jazz guitar and performed live at venues in and around New York City. Alec hopes to positively influence the lives of students in the way that his old mentors influenced his own.
Alex is a student at Yale and a graduate of the International Baccalaureate at United World College-USA, one of 18 international boarding schools in the UWC network. He is from Brooklyn, NY and is an alumnus of Brooklyn Technical High School. He co-leads the UWC-USA Model United Nations team and the Student Organization for Admissions and Alumni Relations. At Brooklyn Tech, he was also an active member of his policy debate team, math team, school newspaper, and National Honor Society. He enjoys giving back to the Tech and NYC community by volunteering for the city's Urban Debate League, the city Department of Education, and the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation.Alex's other experiences include an apprenticeship at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and an internship at Con Edison, one of the largest utility companies in the United States. He is also the author of three math research papers on topics ranging from applied graph theory to cryptography. He is a proud UWC Davis Scholar, Coolidge Senator, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, and a winner of the Jefferson Scholarship.In his free time, Alex enjoys reading, journaling, playing tennis and hiking. He encourages Curious Cardinals students to work hard at pursuing their passions and to remember that their learning is a marathon, not a sprint!
Alex studies Biology at Stanford and is doing research to understand how to create more inclusive, accessible workplaces for neurodivergent people. In addition to his value for neurodiversity inclusion, his passion for language accessibility motivates his pursuit in becoming a certified interpreter of both American Sign Language and Spanish. At Curious Cardinals, Alex hopes to help students find an appreciation for language and culture.
Alexandra is a rising freshman at Princeton University where she plans to major in Public and International Affairs. Currently taking a gap year, she works as an intelligence analyst to identify and disrupt terrorist networks in North America. In 2020, she graduated from Hunter College High School in her hometown New York. She also attended Manhattan School of Music Precollege as a violinist and pianist and was praised by the New York Times for her musicality and sensitivity. She has been recognized by numerous international competitions, with solo performances at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She values her intellectual curiosity and has a diverse academic background: she’s researched RNA folding with relevance to HIV treatment, qualified for the invitational round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, and written poetry published in literary reviews. As captain of her high school’s classics team, Alexandra won the regional championship twice. She was also individually one of the top Latin students in the country, winning awards for five summa cum laude and four perfect performances on the National Latin Exam. Alexandra received a scholarship from the Department of State to study Russian and now uses her language skills to research American policy in Eastern Europe as a fellow at Sycamore Institute, an undergraduate-run think tank, and to mentor Russian exchange students. Out of the classroom, she captained her high school’s lacrosse team. An experienced teacher and tutor, she always wants to pass her love of learning onto her students.
Amarins Laanstra-Corn is a current sophomore at Stanford University studying International Relations with a focus on security and history. Her academic interests also include neuroscience, art history, psychology, and business. Previously she has held roles at the U.S. House of Representatives, Freedom House (a human rights and democracy NGO), the Lisbon Council (an EU-based economic think tank), and a cybersecurity and defense startup focusing on business development and growth strategy. Well at Stanford, Amarins additionally served as a research assistant for Professor James Fearon in the Center for International Security and Cooperation. There, she worked with data to understand, analyze, and dissect underlying trends of violence, particularly police brutality in Latin America and violence against women in western Africa. Beyond academics, Amarins has long been involved in the arts. Growing up, she studied various mediums of art practice and found herself wandering around museums and galleries for hours while her mother searched for her. She has assisted with curatorial work for local spaces, especially in collections that related to the intersection between activism and art. Recently, she was included in the student advisory group in the search for a new director and bettered practices for Stanford’s Cantor Museum. But most notably, Amarins has worked with Curious Cardinal students in dual art history and practice workshops on topics such as Jean Basquiat and Contemporary African American Art, Repetition and Motifs, and Self Portraits. Lastly, she loves to laugh and dance around kitchens, long walks on the beach, soccer (Go Chelsea!), autobiographies, reading the NYT, traveling with no specific destination in mind, learning about emergent technologies, advocating for women’s rights, going to basketball games, listening to her friends talk their startups, and filling her home with flowers.
Anika is currently pursuing a major in Computer Science Engineering at Princeton University. She graduated from Singapore American School in 2020 where her activities included leading awareness programs for inequality based issues, mentoring for STEM based elementary activities with 20-30 students, founding a mystery and problem solving based club, and playing varsity badminton. In her junior year, she interned at a solar energy company where she analysed and manipulated satellite and sensor data for historical trend analysis and live system monitoring. Since graduating High School, Anika has been a data analytics and programming intern at engineering, financial, and software based companies. Some of her projects include automating and optimising data extraction processes, implementing a daily news extraction and analysis system, and creating a live graph based analysis app used to study and make financial decisions. She is also a News writer for The Daily Princetonian, Princeton's college newspaper. Passionate about STEM and education, she hopes to get students curious and excited about learning.
Asher Vogel is currently a rising sophomore at Dartmouth College studying computer science and engineering. In June 2019, Asher graduated cum laude from Harvard-Westlake and was awarded the competitive Brownstein Fellowship to support his gap year travels, which began the following fall in Xi’an, China. Asher had previously been to China four times, including once as the recipient of a U.S. State Department study-abroad scholarship and once as an intern for a Shanghai-based securities firm. In Xi’an, Asher taught English at a private secondary school where he led 18 classes per week, each with 40-50 students for a total of almost 900 students. He was tasked with designing his own curriculum and developed a variety of tricks to engage the large classes, including fan-favorite activities such as learning Taylor Swift lyrics and studying the poetry of Robert Frost. In January of his gap year, Asher traveled to Patagonia, Chile, for a two-month wilderness expedition with a small group of peers through some of the most stunning and remote terrain on earth. The expedition included a month of mountaineering and a month of sea kayaking, during which Asher learned many life lessons about leadership, self-sufficiency, and getting along with others under challenging conditions. Asher loves traditional sports in addition to the outdoors. He played club soccer throughout high school and was a captain of his varsity soccer team at Harvard-Westlake. In addition to soccer, he often spends time weight training, skiing, surfing, and playing tennis and basketball. He looks forward to continuing his studies in computer science and engineering next year.
After growing up in Houston, Texas, Ashley moved to California to attend Stanford University. She received a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Earth Systems, and recently finished her Master’s in Environmental Communication at Stanford. At Stanford, she was able to devote extensive time and energy to teaching. She created her own Alternative Spring Break trip and taught a quarter-long class on the ethics of international service and aid. She’s facilitated as a cohort lead for the Emerson Fellowship, a social justice fellowship program for sophomore students. And most recently, she’s taken up the role as the Head Teaching Assistant for Earth Systems 10, the largest introductory environmental science course at Stanford. She hopes to eventually become active in environmental and social justice organizing spaces and flex her facilitation and communication skills! She strongly believes that change comes on the community and classroom-level and is excited to bring her energy and enthusiasm into Curious Cardinal classrooms. Outside of the classroom, you can find Ashley hiking, watching Chef's Table, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and reading.
I am an educator, entrepreneur, and aspiring physician! I graduated from Stanford in June 2020 with a B.S. in Human Biology and a Minor in Modern Languages (Spanish and Hindi). I have taught and provided mentorship all over Stanford as a Human Behavioral Biology Teaching Assistant, student advisor in the Human Biology Department, resident assistant for an all-frosh dormitory, an ESL instructor for Latina custodial workers, and a summer chemistry tutor. Prior to helping found Curious Cardinals, I co-founded Stanford Alzheimer's Alliance, which pairs Stanford undergraduates with residents who are diagnosed with dementia at the Webster House Health Center in Palo Alto, California. Throughout my undergraduate years, I was also heavily involved with other health-related initiatives such as global health research and volunteering with a free clinic! In my free time, I love watching films, going on hikes, and cooking. I can't wait to connect with you and learn about you and your interests!
Austin is pursuing a career in communications and journalism, exploring both creative and formal opportunities for writing. He recently graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English as well as a High Honors creative thesis and is currently working as a freelance writer and editor. His projects have ranged from small radio advertisements and blogs to company rebrands and magazine cover articles. Since establishing his career, he has also explored his own brand of professional storytelling through Dungeons & Dragons, creating unique adventures for all ages in virtual campaigns. Outside of his business, Austin is often still writing and creating throughout the day. He enjoys using poetry and short fiction, especially within the gothic genre, to meditate on the complexities of human emotion and trauma. Believing that artistic expression is the perfect environment for exploring self-identity, he hopes to continue publishing his work while inspiring others to search for their own methods of creation, whatever they may be. When he is not writing, Austin spends time working on his startup and helping the Moose Youth Awareness Program, a nonprofit initiative for educating younger students on topics relevant to their communities. For the last nine years, he has worked with the program as a college-prep and public speaking mentor, a student-teacher, and a conference coordinator. When it's time to relax, he heads out to hike through the mountains of his home state, Virginia, or curls up with his three dachshunds and a good book.
Ava is a freshman at Princeton University concentrating in the School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in French Language and Culture. She graduated from Riverdale Country School in 2020 where she served as president of the Best Buddies club, forging friendships with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities; she was also captain of the varsity cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams and wrote for the school newspaper. While navigating her freshman year amidst the pandemic, Ava volunteers with the Princeton Re-Entry Employment Preparation club and writes for the opinions section of her school newspaper. As someone who is spurred on by global politics and passionate about community service Ava hopes to inspire her students to think critically about their surroundings to help make the world a better place!
Ayana is pursuing a major in Computer Science at Stanford University. Her love for STEM bloomed during high school, where she finished in the top 1% of her graduating class and got to explore the complex math problems and mind-boggling science experiments that still inspire her today. Since the day she began coding at age 16, she has loved using black and white code to create colorful, meaningful, and fun projects — from an addicting children’s online game to a mobile app for a non-profit that has impacted over 500,000 low-income students and parents nationwide. In addition to these projects, Ayana has spent summers working with Google and Carnegie Mellon University to further her coding and engineering skills, invent products, and work with industry professionals. Ayana’s passion for teaching flourished during her senior year of high school, where she received a competitive full scholarship from the US Department of State to study abroad in Ghana. By getting to experience another country’s educational system first-hand, it became one of Ayana’s goal to advance global education and ensure students, no matter what part of the world they live in, have the opportunity to truly love learning. Since returning from Ghana, Ayana has spent countless hours teaching computer science, math, web development, and design to students across the globe. She is so excited to continue inspiring students and see the light in their eyes as they solve problems and create meaningful projects.
Tomiwa is passionate about the intersections of business, technology, and education. He is currently a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Computer Science and Business. A few years ago, he wrote a book, “Achieving Balanced Success” that encourages students to balance their academics and responsibilities while exploring their interests assertively. Tomiwa hopes to continue to promote self-discovery through learning at Curious Cardinals by sharing interests of his own. Since high school, his interest in technology and entrepreneurship led him to work with two Y-Combinator companies in the last few years. More recently he was a Software Engineering intern at a fintech startup and now had a similar role with a student-found health tech startup at Penn. Tomiwa is excited to support students in their learning and exploration. Tomiwa’s teaching experience extends from high school and he was more recently a Teaching Assistant for a Computer Science class. This, combined with Tomiwa’s love for learning, makes him excited to provide a great learning experience for students.
Barron is studying Computer Science at Harvard University. Heavily involved in the entrepreneurship and venture capital community on campus, Barron led product at Harvard Capital Partners and Collegiate Capital Partners, which change the way that venture capital firms interact with university startups. He currently advises a Y Combinator startup in the payments space. Previously, he worked on the Interledger Protocol at Coil while living in South Africa and browser integrations at Puma Browser remotely. Additionally, he contributed to widely used open source libraries with Major League Hacking. Barron is very interested in computer systems and understanding the entire computing stack from hardware to applications. Outside of academic interests, Barron enjoys playing billiards and poker.
Bendix is pursuing a medical degree at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). Already back in high school, he was passionate about medicine and organised events to inform about bone marrow and organ donations when he was student body president. In his gap year after high school, he worked as second surgical assistant in a local hospital and did several internships, one of them in the lab of nobel laureate Ada Yonath, doing research on antibiotic resistances. He even received a financial grant by the prime minister of his state for this internship. Having the opinion that ethics is an important part of research, Bendix founded the International Debate Club for Ethics in Science in early 2020 in collaboration with some friends and the Israeli Weizmann Institute of Science. Apart from academia, Bendix is a semi-professional sailor. He won the German Championships in preolympic sailing back in 2016 and is currently competing at the top of the German sailing league. When he’s not sailing, he gives his knowledge to the younger generations as a sailing coach. With this experience in practical teaching, Bendix is happy to use these teaching techniques when tutoring the nobel laureates of tomorrow in the Curious Cardinals classes.
Benjamin is a freshman at Stanford University planning on majoring in Bioengineering. He grew up in Southern California (the best part of CA) and graduated in the top 1% at his high school. In his junior year, Benjamin became disillusioned with the way math was taught in public schools. Rote memorization was causing students to lose faith in a beautiful subject. He met with school counselors and math teachers and decided the best way to help was to take action himself. Benjamin subsequently became a volunteer peer tutor, arriving early every morning before school to teach disadvantaged students. He eventually transitioned to private tutoring to help a larger volume of students succeed. Benjamin believes that the most important thing about teaching math is a strong foundation from which individuals can build successfully. Outside of traditional math, Benjamin has also studied and written papers on discrete mathematics, linear bifurcation, and chaos theory, and looks forward to exploring the intersection between math and other arts with Curious Cardinals. In his free time, Benjamin likes to go on food crawls, design Minecraft homes with his two younger sisters, and bike on the beach. At Stanford, Benjamin is conducting summer research with Dr. Paul Wang, renowned Director of the Stanford Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and Professor of Medicine and of Bioengineering, where he will use programming to help map ventricular tachycardia in a perfused heart system. Benjamin also facilitates 1-on-1 mentorship events for Vietnamese students as a Public Service Co-Chair for the Stanford Vietnamese Student Association and is an avid writer for The Stanford Daily.
Blake is a Stanford senior from New York interested in all things space. He is studying Aerospace Engineering with a focus on rocket propulsion, hoping to send humans to Mars in the next decade. While becoming an astronaut has always been one of his goals, designing and manufacturing the rockets to put things in space will do for now. He has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at a small-rocket startup called ABL Space Systems. Experienced in making, computer-aided 3D modeling, 3D printing, and the physics that powers it all, Blake is excited to help others make an impact on the world. In high school, he became a published author for his astrophysics research on the formation of planets around other stars, which led him to become a Regeneron Science Talent Search national finalist. He has worked as a tutor, a teacher, a boy scout leader, and a STEM educator since high school. He has developed workshops and classes for students ranging from early elementary school to high school and has been a mentor to several students of all age levels. He has a passion to teach and will never stop learning. Blake is also a member of the Stanford marching band, where he plays the alto saxophone, and spends as much time as he can hiking and camping in the outdoors.
Blake is currently pursuing a degree in Government modified Economics and a minor in Human-Centered Design at Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, Blake works for the Rockefeller Center as a policy fellow and as a student assistant for public programs. Blake’s first foray into politics began her junior year of high school when she attended The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL). This Washington D.C. program focuses on crafting cohorts of diverse students into an intentional community that learns to become more ethically-driven and globally aware. Since then, Blake has turned her focus to political media and communications, interning for a New York City public relations firm, and as a speech and copy writer for CNN host Michael Smerconish. In the fall of 2020, she worked as the Press Assistant on the Dr. Al Gross for U.S. Senate campaign based out of Anchorage, Alaska. This spring, she worked as Communications Associate on a local Manhattan campaign. This summer she will be working for a D.C.-based consulting firm. After high school, she took a gap year during which she backpacked her way through South East Asia and studied Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Outside the classroom, Blake is a member of the Dartmouth Figure Skating Club. Blake is excited to challenge her students to question their initial assumptions and to learn strategies for more effective communication.
At Princeton University, Brooke is pursuing a major in Economics and minor in Finance. She graduated from her high school with offers from both Cambridge University and Princeton University, as well as a top 1% GPA across the UK specialising in Chemistry, Latin, Music and Mathematics. Brooke has an unusually strong music academic and performance background. As a junior in high school, she was accepted as the youngest member into the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, alongside being selected as lead Viola for the National Youth String Orchestra. Music theory, history and analysis is of continued interest to her, and she has been able to continue her learning at Princeton. She also started at Princeton as a Chemistry major, so has a strong background in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. However, her ultimate degree in Economics and Finance takes a mathematical route, with a strong focus on Statistics and Econometrics. Brooke is keen to focus on teaching Economics/Finance, Music and Chemistry. She is very excited about sharing her love for these subjects and hopefully to inspire students to enjoy them as much as she does!
Brynn is pursuing a major in Symbolic Systems and a minor in Chinese at Stanford University. She graduated Brentwood High School where she received cum laude honors and the Benjamin Franklin Book Award while working as a peer tutor and as a member of student government, Girl Impact, and the Benefacta Service Board. Brynn also wrote and published her own children’s book, “The Perfect Swish,” financed through her own Kickstarter campaign. Her book was inspired by her work for the last ten years raising money for and personally delivering wheelchairs to Israel, South Africa, Vietnam, West Virginia, and Ecuador. Brynn's love of language also led her to co-found an organization dedicated to recording the life stories of the elderly. Brynn also has volunteered for several years as a listener at TEENLINE, a teen-to-teen suicide hotline. Brynn's experiences have trained her to actively listen, empathize, and figure out unique ways to connect to others. Brynn cannot wait to use that training to bolster students’ self-confidence and love of learning. Outside of academics, Brynn loves to engage in deep conversations about life. She cherishes her time with family and friends, reading, watching tv (especially all things Marvel), and running. Throughout her learning career, Brynn has come to realize it’s not about who’s the first one to understand the lesson or the fastest one to answer the question. She believes George Evans, an American cartoonist, sums up learning perfectly: “Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.”
Camille is a Columbus, Ohio native who is majoring in Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. Camille is often on the go, between her position as co-editor in chief of TigerTrends, Princeton’s premier fashion and lifestyle magazine, and her position in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students assisting student organizations with their budgets and purchases. Between these commitments and her studies, Camille is an active member of Princeton Women’s Club Volleyball, Princeton Baking Club, as well as Black Student Union and Princeton Association of Black Women. Camille believes that the secret to conquering humanity’s most pressing issues lies in our connections through education. She previously worked with the Northern Kenyan Conservation Clubs (NKCC), which are partnered with both Princeton University and Mpala Research Centre located in Mpala, Kenya. NKCC serves to teach students grades 3 through 8 about conservation, ecology, and environmentalism through hands-on games, activities, and lessons. During her tenure at Mpala, she developed lesson plans centered around relevant environmental topics critical for Kenyan students to understand as they grow into the nation’s next generation of leaders.
Catherine is an undergraduate student at Stanford double-majoring in Economics and Philosophy. She grew up in Paris, France before moving to Geneva, Switzerland where she pursued a French Baccalaureate. In high school, Catherine explored many academic fields. In her freshman year, she spent a semester in a German boarding school, where she became fluent in German, was an active member of the debate team, and became passionate about 20th century history. She was then selected to participate in the Athena program at the University of Geneva, which enabled her to take part in a first-year university Physics class. Moreover, her interest in human rights law led her to intern at the United Nations Human Rights Council, and start a fundraising project for abused migrant domestic workers in Lebanon and Hong Kong. After reading Camus and Sartre, Catherine also developed a passion for existentialism, which led her to taking a philosophy class at the Phillips Exeter Summer School, reading philosophy books in her free time, and eventually being a finalist at the Swiss Philosophy Olympiad. Outside of school, Catherine pursued classical piano at the Geneva Music Conservatory (she loves Chopin!). At Stanford, Catherine is taking a variety of classes, ranging from macroeconomics to computer science to meditation! She is also the VP of the Stanford Economics Association, and recently helped organize the Stanford-MIT COVID-19 Policy Hackathon. She is interested in learning more about public policy and the intersection between Economics and Law, and is currently a research assistant to Dr. Michael Boskin, the former Chair of the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She cannot wait to transmit her passion for learning!
Cece King currently studies Arabic and Geography at Dartmouth College. She recently finished a gap year where she was on the founding team of Curious Cardinals and worked as a production assistant on a documentary about emerging artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. A journalist, she wrote a column for the Camden Herald the prior summer and has contributed to various publications in New York and Maine. She recently received a grant to research the history of women at Dartmouth College and previously researched regime change in the Congo for a Foreign Affairs author’s book. In 2019, Cece finished her term as a voting member of Manhattan Community Board 8 after she was awarded a City Council Citation, where she represented her 230,000 person district and sat on the Small Business and Education Committees. The summer before, she traveled to Texas as a legal assistant and Spanish interpreter at the Immigration Justice Campaign’s Dilley Pro Bono Project, helping prepare detained immigrants for asylum interviews. She now serves on the executive board of the Coalition for Immigration Reform and Equality at Dartmouth! In high school she spent a semester studying ethics and policy in Washington D.C. at The School for Ethics and Global Leadership. She later received a National Security Language Initiative scholarship from the US Department of State to live in Rabat, Morocco and study Arabic. Cece has also performed with the largest children’s circus in North America and continues to train professionally and with her Dartmouth Aerial Arts club. When she’s not exploring new corners of the world, she’s choreographing aerial acts in her head or brainstorming her next halloween costume–she dressed up as Gloria Steinem her senior year of high school.
Chance studies archaeology and computer science at Brown University while pursuing a career as a singer-songwriter. In 2017, Chance posted his self-produced EP, recorded in his high school music building’s attic, to his Facebook and Instagram. The word spread, local radio got on board, and the EP ascended the iTunes Charts. Four years and one album later, Chance has nearly two million streams on Spotify. Chance graduated summa cum laude from St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire and spent his most recent semester abroad in Tainan City, Taiwan as a visiting scholar studying Southeast Asian Neolithic archaeology. Chance has presented at the MIT Inspire national research competition for his paper on biomimetic innovation, interned as a cartographical archivist in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and biked two thousand kilometers through Northern Patagonia. As a Curious Cardinal teacher, Chance will help his students find their voice through anything from producing the next smash TikTok hit to seeking out undiscovered Mayan cities with drones or making banjos with nothing more than bananas and a circuit board.
Charlie is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford University from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has not declared a major, but is interested in Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, and History. Charlie played ultimate frisbee in high school, and won Rookie of the Year on the Stanford Club Ultimate Frisbee team. He was a member of his high school’s “Green Team”, and organized/gave presentations about the importance of recycling and composting in elementary schools in Minneapolis. He has worked as a summer camp counselor for the last three years, teaching classes such as Mock Trials and The Amazing Race. Charlie volunteered as a youth soccer referee and coach, in addition to playing soccer for his entire life. Most recently, he was a volunteer fellow for the Colorado Democrats, leading phone banking sessions to help keep Colorado blue. He will also be a Stanford campus tour guide for prospective students and their families next fall. He loves reading, politics, sports (especially fantasy football), and philosophical discussions. Charlie hopes to encourage students to follow their passions at Curious Cardinals, no matter what those passions may be.
Charlotte is a junior at Northwestern University, double majoring in Computer Science and Dance with a minor in English Literature. Charlotte led the Peer Tutoring Program at Riverdale Country School and is now a Teacher's Assistant/ Peer Mentor for the Computer Science Department where she holds office hours, teaches weekly tutorial sessions and mentors her amazing students! She recently received the Spring 2020 Peter and Adrienne Barris Service Award for excellence in teaching. Specifically interested in Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, and App Development, she is also a member of WiC (Women in Computing) where she promotes her fellow Women in STEM. She sees CS as an intersection of logic and creativity —a fusion of math, puzzles, and art. Fluent in Spanish, Char also studied ethics, international policy, Arabic, and Mandarin in D.C. at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership. She has continued her studies with the school as a guest speaker in Shakespeare as well as a mentee of Carl Wilkens in Rwanda. Her biggest passion project is founding Mission S.P.A. (Sanitary Product Awareness), a non-profit that collects and donates sanitary products to local NYC shelters along with schools in Nepal. When Charlotte is not computing, dancing, or advocating for gender equity worldwide, she is training for triathlons, watching House, and cooking vegan pasta. Her eclectic academic interests match her enthusiastic, warm, and individualized approach to teaching, mentoring, tutoring, and learning.
Chloe is currently a product designer at the financial services startup, Carta. She recently finished her master's degree at Stanford in mechanical design engineering, where she also studied product design during undergrad. She has been a teaching assistant all throughout her master's program, teaching 4 human-computer interaction courses within Stanford's computer science department. Recognized as a top teaching assistant within the department - an award only given to the top 5% of teaching assistants, Chloe is passionate around UI/UX design education and has coached 100+ students and their teams to successfully complete mobile app projects. Professionally, Chloe has worked at 2 health startups doing web and mobile design, and was selected to be 1 of 11 Kleiner Perkins Design Fellows nationwide in 2020. Chloe is originally from Buffalo, New York. In high school, she was awarded Scholar Athlete as captain of her tennis team, a first chair viola player in her school's orchestra, and valedictorian. She loves to travel, and has studied abroad in Florence as well as Tokyo. In her free time, Chloe enjoys sewing her own clothes and is a huge foodie!
Clara is a rising junior at Stanford University majoring in Computer Science and Product Design. She’s passionate about Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, and App Development. Clara loves teaching and has spent much of her time mentoring students in Computer Science. When Clara is not computing, designing, or mentoring young students, she is rowing for Stanford’s lightweight rowing team, rock climbing, skiing, and cooking. Clara can’t wait to explore the interests and passions of her Curious Cardinals students!
Clarissa graduated from Stanford University in 2020 with a degree in Human Biology, emphasizing anatomy and physiology, and a Spanish minor. Graduating with the Joshua Lederberg Award for Academic Excellence in Human Biology, Clarissa still managed to be involved as a student advisor in the Human Biology department, a tutor in Human Biology through the Center for Teaching and Learning, and a swim coach for both recreational courses offered to Stanford affiliated adults and children and Stanford's Competitive Club Swim Team. She also devoted many hours to interning with rehabilitation clinics in the surrounding Stanford area, singing in Stanford's Testimony A Cappella group, and becoming a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Clarissa's study abroad experience in Madrid, Spain allowed her to intern with orthopedic surgeons, where she strengthened her medical Spanish and cultural awareness, preparing her for a future career in physical therapy, where she hopes to work with Spanish-speaking communities. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Columbia University, Clarissa serves as student-faculty liaison, engages with the organization CanWarriors - a program designed to provide physical activity opportunities for pediatric oncology patients, and plans to pursue a career in either pediatrics or women's health physical therapy. When Clarissa is not studying or working, you can find her in the pool or on the pool deck. A competitive swimmer of 10 years and swim coach of 6 years, including being the founder of the Swim Lessons and Awareness Program summer of her junior year of high school, Clarissa finds her happy place being surrounded by water and swimmers. And, like any athlete, when she is not swimming, she is eating! Clarissa loves to explore new places and find different cuisines that she can bring back to her own kitchen. Clarissa is passionate about mindfulness, meditation, and self-compassion, always encouraging others to find ways to enhance their well-being. It has been and will always be her goal to foster strong relationships with those around her and be a dependable resource that anyone can turn to for support and encouragement. She believes passion is the foundation for learning and is excited to explore students' passions as a Curious Cardinals team member.
Cormac is currently on his second gap year before attending Yale in the fall of 2021. He graduated from high school in New York in 2019 and was a field organizer on the Biden campaign for 13 months, managing hundreds of volunteers and contacting tens of thousands of voters throughout the country. Fascinated by geography, foreign affairs, and politics, he has studied for a semester in D.C. at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership, competed in the U.S. Geography Olympiad, led his high school's Model UN team, worked on a State Senate campaign in New York, and taught middle schoolers Model UN skills. More recently, he has been involved in the Yale Politic and the Yale Review of International Studies, attended Global Citizen Year Academy, worked as a marketing specialist for an organization that increases access to gap years, and interned at a Colombian fintech company while living in Colombia for three months. He observed Ramadan with a family in Jordan to learn Arabic and more about Jordanian culture, and is currently on a wilderness expedition in Alaska with the National Outdoor Leadership School. He loves listening to '70s music and podcasts in Spanish, exploring new places on foot, and having conversations with people from different backgrounds. He has had such positive experiences teaching students in lots of different settings and wants to share the inspiration he was lucky enough to have from so many people in his life.
Dean is pursuing undergraduate and coterminal master’s degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University. A firm believer in the potential of Big Data and Machine Learning, his focus is in Artificial Intelligence, and he has taken courses in Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Deep Learning, and more. His other interests within CS include mobile, web, and game development. Recently, Dean has had two software engineering internships at Apple - one as an Algorithms R&D Engineer for the Camera & Photos team, and one as a Machine Learning Engineer. Prior to that, he interned at a small startup named Quadric working on Convolutional Neural Networks. With his extra time in quarantine, he built his own portfolio website from scratch, worked on an automatic Secret Santa program, and coded a user interface to display the weather in any city. His teaching experience includes leading Python, Java, Arduino, and IoT classes for high schoolers, volunteering as a one-on-one abacus tutor for individuals with autism, and helping his two younger siblings on their schoolwork. After a successful junior career as a tennis player, Dean also walked on to the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team at Stanford. He dedicates 20+ hours per week between practices, workouts, matches, and more.
Darnell “DeeSoul” Carson (He/They) is a Black queer poet, performer, and educator from San Diego, CA, Co-Director of the award-winning Stanford Spoken Word Collective, and Editorial Assistant at The Adroit Journal. A 2020 TWH Writing Workshop Fellow and 2021 Pigeon Pages NYC Poetry Prize recipient, his work has been featured on Write About Now Poetry and Button Poetry, and in The Adroit Journal, Between My Body and The Air (A Youth Speaks Poetry Anthology), and elsewhere. Most recently, he has released his chapbook, Running From Streetlights (2020), an examination of Blackness and being in America. This spring, he will receive a degree in Cultural/Social Psychology with a minor in Creative Writing at Stanford University and will be a Writer in the Public Schools Fellow in the NYU M.F.A program in Fall 2021. ​ DeeSoul’s poetry springs forth from the intersections of race, sexuality, and family, among others. In his work, he uses the curation of images and the expansive nature of personal narrative to draw out the universal truths hiding in our everyday experiences. He believes not just in the power of our storms, but also in the joy standing in the middle. DeeSoul’s poetry draws influence from many great poets before him, including Porsha Olayiwola, Crystal Valentine, Ebony Stewart, Danez Smith, Rudy Francisco, and the new and amazing poets he comes across every day.
Diya is currently a sophomore at Colorado College pursuing a major in Neuroscience and minors in Education and Biochemistry. After she graduates, Diya plans to attend medical school. She attended high school in Middlebury Vermont, the land of cows and Ben & Jerry’s. Senior year, Diya was captain of her varsity dance team and president of her school club SCOHR (Student Coalition on Human Rights.) Diya is passionate about global and medical outreach along with all things STEM related. In India, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico, Diya has worked to excite K-12 students about STEM while also teaching English and American Sign Language. She has also aided in hurricane relief by aiding in rebuilding damaged schools and homes and providing medical assistance to those who were injured by such events. Most recently, she has worked with the University of Vermont’s Larner Medical School Residency students to write a case report about a rare case of Ovarian Melanoma. At Colorado College, Diya is also a Community Engaged Scholar which has allowed her to become involved with her community about things ranging from diabetes awareness to providing shelter for the homeless. At Curious Cardinals she is focused on teaching STEM subjects along with Spanish, American Sign Language, and Dance related courses. Diya hopes to inspire and help students find what they are passionate about pursue it to its full extent!
Elena is a Stanford senior studying the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) track of Symbolic Systems, an interdisciplinary major composed primarily of Computer Science with courses in Philosophy, Psychology and Linguistics. She is also the first student to officially minor in Ethics and Technology at Stanford. Outside of her studies, Elena teaches a section for Stanford’s introductory Computer Science course and a Product Design course called “Designing Research Based Interventions to Solve Global Health Problems.” She co-created the Teach CS 4 Good program for high school students (teachcs4good.org) and is currently the President of Stanford’s Social Entrepreneurial Students’ Association (SENSA). She was a Donald Kennedy Public Service Fellow and has worked in a health-tech social enterprise as a product manager since Spring 2019 developing a concussion education product that will be used by 19 of the US Olympic Committee’s national governing bodies (USA Soccer, USA Gymnastics, USA Football, etc) and various medical institutions across the US. In her free time Elena loves to read, search for hidden gem Spotify artists and venture outside. Elena is eager to share her passion for developing strategies and policies that harness technology for its maximum positive impact while limiting its negative consequences. She hopes to illuminate how tech giants of today are quietly shaping our lives, minds and world, with her ultimate goal of empowering students to both demand more ethical products from today’s technology industry and to build the most positively-powerful tools of tomorrow.
Eliana is a sophomore at Stanford University pursuing a major in Earth Systems with a focus on Human Environmental Systems, as well as minors in Arabic and Creative Writing. Back on campus, Eliana spent most of her free time planting, harvesting, and planning community events at the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm, where she served as the Vice President of the student organization Stanford Roots. In high school, Eliana spent half of her junior year at The Mountain School of Milton Academy—a small, semester-based school in Vermont with an interdisciplinary curriculum centered around environmental science and sustainable agriculture. During her summers, Eliana delved deep into topics surrounding personal identity and contrasting historical narratives at the Seeds of Peace Camp, where she participated in daily dialogue sessions with high school students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, and the US. Eliana later traveled with the organization to Nazareth, where she was trained in mediation and conflict resolution by professors from the Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. This year while taking time off from classes, Eliana pursued an independent research project with the Stanford Existential Risks Initiative on the complex risks associated with proposed geoengineering solutions to the climate crisis. She also worked as an Archivist for Earth Refuge, the first legal think tank devoted to climate migrants. Most recently, Eliana has been conducting research for Rangelands Restoration Trust, a non-profit working with communities in Southern Zimbabwe to restore natural ecosystems and create sustainable economic opportunities for smallholder farmers.
Elie graduated from Stanford in 2020 with a B.A. in Human Biology, concentrating in global maternal-child health. During her undergrad she split her time working in early childhood learning research, human biology courses, and continuing her practice of musical theater. As a high school student, Elie was part of a pre-professional dance program, and spent summers in New York practicing musical theater. She graduated cum laude from Sacramento Country Day School and was an AP scholar with honors. Elie is fluent in Spanish and received the National Hispanic Achievement Award. Elie has always had a passion for teaching. Throughout high school she volunteered as a chemistry teaching assistant and a math tutor. In college she tutored middle and high school students across a variety of academic subjects including high school math and college admission essay writing. She also uses her passion for dance and the arts as a teacher. In high school, she founded A Chance to Dance: a program that provides free dance classes to children in migrant farm worker communities around California. Elie has a plethora of experience working with children. She was a volunteer counselor every summer at Stanford Camp Kesem, a camp for children who's parents have been affected by or passed away from cancer. She was also a counselor at Stanford Sierra Camp. In both programs, she worked with children ages 5-15. Elie is qualified and excited to tutor and teach math, science, writing, and musical theater/dance. At curious cardinals, Elie is excited to empower kids to pursue any and all of their dreams! She can't wait to meet you!
Elizabeth completed five semesters at Princeton University before electing to take a gap year. She will return to school in February, 2022. She is majoring in French and Art History with certificates in both Gender Studies and European Cultural Studies. When on campus, Elizabeth is on the women’s lightweight crew team, she volunteers for the Special Olympics, and she works as the student manager of the football team. Elizabeth fell in love with fashion when she was just five years old and it has been her greatest passion ever since. In high school, she immersed herself completely in the industry. During her sophomore year, she created her own fashion brand from the ground up, gaining invaluable business and entrepreneurial skills along the way. During her junior and senior years, Elizabeth interned in public relations and marketing for a fashion and lifestyle influencer. Last summer, she interned for Nicole Miller in New York City, where she returned this spring while on leave from Princeton. Throughout high school and college, Elizabeth has also either attended or worked backstage at six seasons of New York Fashion Week. She loves her work with Curious Cardinals, where she strives to inspire her students to start their own journeys in the fashion world.
Elsa is currently pursuing a Film and Media Studies Major at Columbia University. A born and bred New Yorker, Elsa has studied filmmaking and film theory at NYU Tisch, School of Visual Arts, and the Ghetto Film School. At the latter institution, her short screenplay “His Diana” was selected to be produced at the Frick Museum with a budget of over $20,000, and the script was read at an event with David O. Russell, James Ivory, Ansel Elgort, and more as actors/in attendance. Elsa has volunteered at film festivals and twice at the International Emmy Awards, and she has studied acting and Shakespeare performance at the Stella Adler Conservatory, the British American Drama Academy, and NYU Steinhardt. Her artistic mission is to reinterpret pieces of the Western canon to voice perspectives too often marginalized by Hollywood, particularly those of young women. At Columbia, Elsa performs with the Kings Crown Shakespeare Troupe and serves on the group’s Executive Board. Elsa was also accepted into the Columbia University Scholars Program as a John Jay Scholar, and she uses this opportunity to intern in the film industry in positions of script coverage and creative development. Elsa spends many hours as Box Office Representative at Columbia’s Arts Initiative, and sells discounted tickets to all the theatrical, orchestral, and dance performances NYC has to offer (and she is always open to give suggestions)!
Emily is a working artist living and creating in New York City. She received a full scholarship to Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned a BFA in sculpture and furniture design. After graduating in 2018, Emily began working as a scenic carpenter and sculptor. Her skillsets include soldering, upholstery, carving, pattern making, sewing, wood and metal working. Emily is currently working as a fabricator and apprentice for her favorite designer and idol, Gaetano Pesce. In her free time, Emily is an avid nature explorer and film photographer. Emily became passionate about creating when she was very young, and she hopes to inspire her students to develop confidence in their abilities to design and create artwork.
Emma is an avid learner majoring in Astrophysics and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California Berkeley. In 2019, Emma graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Paul’s School with awards in Science, Music and Mathematics. While at St. Paul’s, Emma tutored children aged 7-12 from local public schools in STEM topics. Emma interned at MIT’s International Center for Air Transportation and worked on a project called the Analysis of Urban Air Mobility Constraints that studied potential implementations of ‘flying car’ technology. Upon her graduation, Emma was awarded the Lovejoy Science Prize for integration of science into a liberal arts education. After her graduation, Emma took a gap year and taught young girls about feminism, politics, and history in Cape Town, backpacked the Kathmandu Valley Rim in Nepal, and worked as a counsellor at a sleepaway summer camp in Vermont. At UC Berkeley, Emma has explored a plethora of disciplines external to her majors. In her first semester at Berkeley, she was chosen to conduct research in the Anthropology department relating to Middle Meningeal and Endocranial data. She is part of a wide variety of clubs across campus including the ASUC Sustainability Commission, the Student Organic Gardening Association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop, the Art and Mind Organization, and the Free Peach Comedy and Sketch Group. In addition to her coursework and numerous clubs, Emma often spends time hiking, painting, or reading and watching Harry Potter!
Emma is a pre-medical student at Stanford, majoring in Biology with a Neuroscience specialty and a minor in psychology. Emma is currently a lab assistant in the Stanford Neurodevelopment Affect and pathology lab. When not in the lab, she can be found volunteering at Stanford Hospital or planning Stanford Premedical Association service events. She also loves philosophy, and was invited to apply to write an Honors thesis under the Stanford Center for Ethics and Society. Previously Emma also interned for the childhood psychology startup BabyNoggin, researching the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on early education. Emma was honored as Valedictorian of her graduating class at Woodside Priory Highschool and excelled at Model United Nations. She led her cross country team to state championships as varsity captain, and is passionate about her work coaching underserved girls with Bay Area Women’s Sports initiative. A lover of all things French, Emma speaks the language with her mother and loves discussing French art, film and culture. During her junior summer she served as a Dr. James Fann Teaching Fellow in the Cardiothoracic labs at Stanford, having dedicated her previous summers to cardiac study. Emma is also one of the youngest people to assist in the operating room in the first phase of a heart transplant alongside her mentor, Cardiothoracic Surgeon Paul Chang. She is also a certified EMT!
Enjolique Hughes was born and raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. In high school, she was a very active member of her soccer and volleyball teams, traveling nationally to compete. Enjolique also founded her school’s Space Club, winning the NASA AMES Space Settlement Design Competition as the club’s president and being selected as a student delegate for the International MoonBase Summit and the International Space Development Conference. Through these achievements, she received recognition from the office of the governor for representing Hawai’i on the international level. She was also heavily involved in her school’s musical theatre program.  Enjolique is now a junior at Princeton University where she is majoring in History while completing Pre-Medical requirements, and obtaining certificates in European Cultural Studies and the History and Practice of Diplomacy. She is a member of Army ROTC, the President of the Hawai’i Club, and a captain of the Women’s club volleyball team. She has also worked as a researcher in Holocaust history, as a nursing assistant at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and as an administrative assistant at Project Expedite Justice. After graduating from Princeton, she hopes to attend medical school. Enjolique is passionate about alternative historical narratives, international law, space settlement design, musical theatre, and rural healthcare. She especially cares about the representation of women of color in demographically challenging spaces. Through education, she hopes to empower students to seek out truths in the stories others tell.
Esther is a first-generation Stanford 2020 graduate from Brooklyn, New York. During her time at Stanford she majored in History and published her original scholarship on HIV/AIDS and policing in Stanford's undergraduate History journal. Since graduating, she has worked with the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project to prevent COVID-19 from influencing election outcomes, wrote fact briefs to dispel fake news all over social media, and is currently a research assistant for fantasy novelist Tomi Adeyemi. She is a multi-media storyteller interested in writing, filmmaking, magazine-making, and music-mixing.
Ethan, a San Diego native, studies physics at Yale University. In 2020, he graduated from Westview High School, where he led the instrumental music program and maintained a top GPA. At the end of his senior year, Ethan received the prestigious national John Philip Sousa Band Award. With two scientists for parents, Ethan has been passionate about STEM from a young age. Long a fan of NOVA and Mythbusters, he is deeply curious about the workings of the world around him (hence the physics major). A dedicated trumpet player, Ethan was repeatedly selected as a California All-State musician. He spent weekends in high school playing with a youth orchestra, and often performs paid gigs around San Diego. Ethan rediscovered a love for the outdoors during his gap year, and is currently on a quest to summit every 14er in California. He often spends weekends on camping trips, and hopes to backpack the Pacific Crest Trail someday. An accomplished sound engineer, Ethan enjoys technical theatre. He led audio teams on award-winning productions in high school, and also enjoys studio recording. Ethan believes that this wide spectrum of interests has made him who he is today, and takes pride in enjoying everything from jazz to chess. He is thrilled to bring this unique mix to teaching at Curious Cardinals.
I am pursuing a major in Human Biology with a concentration in Child Development and a minor in Education. In 2019, I was Cum Laude and won the Public Service Award at Cate School. At Stanford, I am a project manager for the Design Education team in Stanford Women in Design, where she leads workshops on branding, marketing, and storytelling. She is also the Teaching Coordinator for Flying Treehouse, a children’s theater group that teaches creative writing to 2nd and 3rd graders, then transforms their stories into skits and songs so students can see their stories come to life. In the past few months, she has contributed to grant writing for the nonprofit Bridging Tech Charitable Fund, which was designed to bridge the digital divide by providing tutoring and devices to students at homeless shelters. I am also an Undergraduate Research Assistant with a remote learning lab in the Stanford Graduate School of Education.  Outside of Stanford, I explored my interest in Early Childhood Education at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco where I created caregiver guides with technology-free tips and activities to do with kids ages 2-5. I love to engage in my own creative practices like drawing, painting, writing, and cooking. In all, I am a passionate educator who aims to foster creative confidence in students of all ages. 
Freddie is a senior at Harvard studying History, Literature, and Economics, and she's passionate about all things comedy and writing! She began performing standup and improv in Singapore at age 10 and has since continued performing in Boston, New York, and London. Freddie also writes comedic articles for a variety of online magazines, including Reductress, the Harvard Lampoon, and the feminist comedy zine she co-founded with fellow undergraduates. In her time at Harvard, Freddie has served as president of the Standup Comic Society and an associate editor of the campus satirical newspaper. At Curious Cardinals, she’s is excited to help students find their own comedic voice and learn that passion drives growth: anyone can learn to be an expert in an area they love!
Gary is a rising sophomore at Stanford University pursuing a bachelors in Economics. Hailing from Lawrence, Kansas, he graduated valedictorian from Lawrence High School before journeying to California as a Questbridge National College Match recipient. In his first year at Stanford, he was a member of the Rugby team and participated in Frosh Council. After Covid shut down school, he took a gap year in which he gained meaningful professional experience with a back-office firm in Kansas City working on the Accounting and Payroll teams and worked at a sports betting startup on the business development team. With a degree in Economics, Gary is determined to make his mark in the world of finance and change the landscape of finance for the masses. Outside of the classroom, Gary's greatest passion is sports. A soccer player his entire life, Gary one day desire to work in professional sports management, combining his academic and extracurricular passions. Gary believes firmly in pursuing what you are passionate about -- whatever it may be -- and is determined to help you reach your goals!
Gaya is a sophomore who intends to major in Mind, Brain, Behavior with a Psychology specialty at Harvard. She also serves as a research assistant to both Dr. Alexandra Harrisson and Dr. James Beck, helping their respective research into infant-parent mental health and the history of psychiatry, respectively. Taking her interest in psychology outside the classroom, Gaya serves as a University Health Services trained staffer at Contact Peer Counseling, providing non-directive services to Harvard undergraduates looking to talk about their mental health. Having grown up in India, she is a board member of the Harvard US-India Initiative and active within the international student community. Gaya speaks 5 languages and is passionate about learning even more about different cultures through their languages. She also loves learning about new cultures through their cuisines; she ran the cooking club in high school and can often be found experimenting with culinary techniques, setting off fire alarms one kitchen at a time but eventually learning something valuable. She spearheaded the leadership series, which connected Indian pioneers ranging from business tycoons to Bollywood personalities with students at her high school. She also served as editor in chief for the press coverage body of Asia’s largest THIMUN conference. She got the opportunity to go to The Hague to provide press coverage at THIMUN. Gaya served two terms on student government and played for her high school's soccer team for all four years. She is also an avid skier who has been certified by École du Ski Français. Before starting at Curious Cardinals, Gaya spent 6 years as a teaching aid at a school for students with different learning needs, working on everything from helping high school students with art projects to helping lower school students articulate and regulate their emotions. Because of her special education background, she believes that inclusion and diversity must be present in every classroom and that it is important that education equips learners with emotion management skills and critical thinking.
Grace is a senior at Stanford University majoring in English and Psychology. She is passionate about business and entrepreneurship, having founded her own company in high school. She is also interested in finance and will be working on a trading desk at Goldman Sachs upon graduation.
Grace graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in Social Studies and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Economic Policy Management at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Grace has been teaching and tutoring internationally for eight years now, and nothing brings her more joy than connecting with her students and guiding them along their learning journeys! At Curious Cardinals, Grace has taught workshops on Unconventional Leadership, the Fundamentals of Business, and Applied Economics and Personal Finance. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Small Claims Advisory Service, where she oversaw over 600 client cases and grew the client base by 18% in an effort to help Massachusetts residents seek legal redress on small claims issues. Grace also worked in the international organizations division of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the public policy division of the Namibian Ministry of Education, and on the Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate campaign. Grace is originally from Los Angeles, where she graduated as Head Prefect from Harvard-Westlake School. Her dream job is to become a university president. In her free time, Grace enjoys Latin dancing, playing tennis, and practicing yoga and meditation.
Graham is a senior at Harvard University, studying Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. He is also an undergraduate researcher currently working on a project that aims to understand the evolutionary relationships which connect the millipedes, for which he has received multiple grants. Outside of class and the lab, Graham is a member of several environmental groups on campus and has tutored students and served as a camp counselor. He’s also an avid backpacker and fly fisher. Growing up in Whitefish, Montana, Graham attended Glacier High School and graduated at the top of his class. He led several organizations including the Spanish Club, National Honor Society and the varsity soccer team. He also mentored freshman and tutored peers. As a member of the Curious Cardinals team, Graham is motivated to share his passion for the natural world with students, and to teach them about topics ranging from the transmission of genes to the ecology of insects.
Hamsini is pursuing a major in Healthcare Management along with a pre-med track at the University of Texas at Dallas. As a sophomore at UTD, she is currently a research assistant at the University of Houston in the MIND Lab where she is researching the effects of TBI on pain and headache while learning about the entrepreneurship world and innovation occurring in the healthcare space as a venture capital fellow at Dipper Research Partners. After developing a business plan for a startup idea freshman year, participating in an accelerator program, and pitching her idea at various competitions, Hamsini found her passion for innovation. As she began discovering the zeal it takes to be a founder, Hamsini began developing and leading her own public policy research projects to learn more about the breaches in the healthcare system. In addition, she enjoys tutoring on the side and leading a non-profit organization that hosts an annual model united nations conference for high school students. As her interests extend over a broad range, Hamsini is looking to learn the most she can from each interaction and experience she comes across. At Curious Cardinals, she cannot be more excited to share her unique experiences with the students, enhance their learning in medicine, and broaden their perspectives on life.
Hannah graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a double major in Art History and Psychology. A Los Angeles native, she graduated cum laude from Harvard-Westlake High School before earning Highest Distinction at Berkeley with a GPA in the top 3% of her class. In college, Hannah applied her interest in perinatal health to work at Planned Parenthood’s Los Angeles headquarters and to serve as a research assistant coding legal, medical, and policy data around the evolution of the child welfare system. In her second year of research, she was promoted to lead other researchers in qualitative data analysis using MaxQDA. When her interests shifted to the art world in her junior year of college, Hannah began working at the Gagosian Gallery in San Francisco, helping to prepare exhibitions for the artists Robert Therrien, Richard Prince, and Giuseppe Penone. Soon after, she worked as a public relations assistant for clients such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum and FOG Design+Art, San Francisco’s leading contemporary art fair. Her art history studies culminated in the focus “Art and Social Engagement,” foregrounding ways in which artists have strategically used performance and public space in their work. Most recently, Hannah has committed to attending NYU Law School with a Dean’s Award Scholarship as a member of the Class of 2024. In her free time, she enjoys cooking with produce from her garden and practicing yoga and meditation. She is excited to use her diverse skillset to engage with and grow her students’ passions!
Isaac is pursuing a major in American history and a minor in Spanish at Stanford University, where he is an editor of Stanford Law School’s Stanford Technology Law Review and a member of the club water polo team. Isaac was previously a Senior Analyst with Stanford Consulting, where he devised business solutions for a multinational Fortune 500 company and two unicorn startups. Outside of the classroom, Isaac has worked in Congressman Adam Schiff’s Washington, D.C. office and for the Am Law top-200 firm Kobre & Kim. Before Stanford, Isaac attended Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA, where he graduated cum laude and captained Poly’s water polo and debate teams, winning multiple national championships in parliamentary debate.
Isaac is a junior at Northwestern University majoring in journalism and pursuing minors in marketing and history. Isaac is passionate about reporting, writing, and crafting engaging narratives. From interviewing a San Francisco based artist about his interactive sound installation to speaking to city government leaders about public transportation reforms, Isaac is always searching for meaningful stories to answer his own questions and learn more about the world around him. At in the Medill School of Journalism, he’s taken classes like data visualization, multimedia reporting, and even tried his hand with a bit of HTML coding this past quarter. Outside of the classroom, Isaac is a senior editor of North by Northwestern, the university’s leading print-magazine. He is also a frequent contributor to WNUR Radio, reporting and producing audio stories about the Northwestern and Evanston community. Last winter, he was selected to participate in Northwestern’s Bay Area Immersion Program, a unique quarter-long program based in San Francisco examining the intersections of journalism, design, and technology. Last summer, Isaac was a reporting intern for The Village Sun, a local online newspaper covering New York City’s downtown neighborhoods. Isaac is a proud New Yorker – he was a 13-year “survivor” at The Collegiate School where he was captain of the track team, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, and peer mentor for underclassmen. In his free time, Isaac loves to run in Central Park, watch his favorite soccer team (Liverpool), and do The New York Times daily crossword.
J.T. is a junior from Dallas, TX pursuing a major in Aeronautics/Astronautics at Stanford University. He graduated from Greenhill School in 2019 as MVP and captain of the football and track & field teams while working as a salesperson for Vector Marketing. At Stanford, J.T. is a pole vaulter for the varsity track & field team and placed 2nd in the PAC-12 in 2021. He is also a member of the Stanford Space Initiative, working on propulsion and payload teams for multiple rocket projects. Outside of school, J.T. worked as a product development intern for Squad, a social media start-up. Currently, he works as an engineer for Tritn Sports Company, a surfing technology start-up, creating computational fluid dynamics simulations. While J.T. spends much of his free time with friends, he is often learning about quantum physics, engineering, or space during his alone time. He plans to channel his interests in STEM to teach math, science, and aerospace topics with Curious Cardinals, inspiring students to explore their passions and become smarter every day.
Jack Riley is a rising junior at Brown University studying Music and Computer Science. He is a co-president and co-founder of the Brown Organization of Producers and Songwriters (BOPS), as well as technical director and executive board member for Tunes for Change, a Brown organization that hosts charitable benefit concerts. In 2021, he was a recipient of the Brown Department of Music Margery MacColl Award for outstanding musicianship. Jack is an accredited music producer who, at 19, had songs featured on Spotify’s “New Music Friday,” “Anti Pop,” and “Fresh Finds” editorial playlists. A drummer and bassist at heart, his work ranges from hip-hop to indie pop to folk. An impassioned teacher, Jack has taught music at School of Rock, and in fall 2020 designed and taught a music production course at Wave Learning Festival. He is also a teaching assistant in computer science courses at Brown, and taught Java programming at iD Tech Camps in summer 2020. Though he has since left collegiate track & field to spend more time music-making, Jack graduated from Harvard-Westlake in 2019 a two-time CIF Champion, California state finalist, and school record-holder as a sprinter. While injuries may still plague him, Jack remains a track fanatic at heart, running or cycling in his spare time.
James is a rising Sophomore at Boston College and planning on a double major in Mathematics and Economics with a concentration in Computer Science. In 2020, he graduated with high honors from Middlebury Union High School in Vermont and received the American Legion Academic Excellence Award for Mathematics in all four of his years there. James also played on both the varsity lacrosse and hockey teams for three of his four years. Due to his passion for math, in his junior year of high school, James audited Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus at Middlebury College and tutored fellow high school students in math, English, and science in both his junior and senior years. James has always been passionate about tutoring and helping students make strides in their education. At Curious Cardinals, James hopes to put his tutoring experience to good use and help teach math, English, and computer science to students of all ages.
Jamie is pursuing a double major in Marketing and Information Systems with a minor in Chinese Studies at The Boston College Carroll School of Management. In 2018, she graduated as the student body president of her class at Hunter College High School, one of the most prestigious high schools in New York City. In her senior year of high school, Jamie won the David R. Friesner Award, a scholarship worth $10,000, for excelling in Spanish studies. Currently, Jamie works as the Marketing Lead for a VC-backed startup called Ladder, where she leads the social media and growth strategy to further expand the platform's number of users. On campus, she leads initiatives to advocate for increased resources for first generation students as the President of the First Generation Club of Boston College. At Curious Cardinals, Jamie hopes to share her passion for Marketing with students of all backgrounds and inspire them to dream big!
Janice Seo is an incoming 2nd year at Carnegie Mellon University, where she plans to major in Finance and minor in Information Systems. In high school, she was heavily involved and served as Student Council President, while also serving presidency for her Korean Church Youth organization, where she prioritized volunteer work through soup kitchens, mission trips, and many more. Janice currently runs an online business called Spill the Tea that sells DIY bubble tea kits and has made over 800 sales. She's participated in numerous entrepreneurial competitions like the National i.Invest Competition where she placed Top 5 with her team and in 2019, Spill the Tea was featured in the Wall Street Journal. She's interning at a fin-tech start-up for the summer where she's conducting market analysis for the company to spread its influence all over the globe. She also is working on several side hustles like her personal lifestyle blog that requires SEO optimization and market strategy and her online business. Janice has numerous teaching experience, as she directs and instructs an entrepreneurship camp over the summer that guides middle schoolers on how to run a business. She also tutored English to children in South Korea, ages ranging from 5 to 11. At Curious Cardinals, she is intent on teaching math, English, standardized testing material (SAT), and business.
Javi recently graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in Philosophy from Harvard College, where he also minored in English. On campus, he was a member of the Fiction Board of the Harvard Advocate, the college’s literary and arts magazine, and was been awarded the Ecker Short Story Prize and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for his short fiction. A native Spanish-speaker and lover of languages, Javi has studied French, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin. He worked as a research partner on a project to develop a novel speech recognition system for the Italian language in association with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Outside the classroom, Javi is passionate about film, having interned at movie studios in Los Angeles. He co-wrote a Cinema Studies textbook, and has been invited to give lectures and presentations on film. In high school, he spent a summer in Paris researching the history of French cinema at the Cinematheque Française for a book. Javi subsequently won the academic awards for English, French, and Cinema Studies, along with the Blanche Nelson Boyle Award for academic excellence and social contribution. Additionally, Javi is a licensed pilot with 300 hours of flight experience. He has flown a variety of different aircraft ranging from gliders to jets. Javi has used aviation as a way to give back to the community, volunteering for the organizations Wings of Rescue and Angel Flight West, which use private aviation to achieve humanitarian and medical ends. Above all, Javi is eager to help students reach their academic and intellectual goals by inspiring a deep passion for learning, whatever the subject may be.
Jonah discovered his love for mathematics in the old textbooks that his high school teachers gave him. These books exposed Jonah to various advanced fields of mathematics, such as abstract algebra and set theory. They also prepared him for the proof-based mathematics that is ubiquitous in college, a skill that high school, unfortunately, hardly teaches its students. Jonah spent his weekends at the National Air and Space Museum, where he educated visitors on the physics of flight and space. The hours spent at the museum gave him experience teaching people of all ages, from plane-obsessed children to curious adults. There is nothing more fulfilling for Jonah than seeing a visitor share in his enthusiasm and understand a new concept. Jonah is currently on a year-off after his first year at Brown University, where he is concentrating in Mathematics with a possible second concentration in English. In his first year, he took upper-level courses in abstract algebra, number theory, and real analysis. Jonah has participated in directed reading programs on representation theory and algebraic combinatorics in the math and applied math departments, respectively. Despite his intense focus on mathematics, Jonah also has experience with physics and robotics. He was the mechanical and design lead of his high school robotics team. Each year, Jonah used CAD software such as Solidworks. Then he directed its fabrication and construction. Whether it is math, physics, or even literature, Jonah is excited to help you take your knowledge to the next level.
Josué is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Product Realization at Stanford University. In 2019, he graduated from Alisal High School in Salinas, California as the Valedictorian and four year captain of the Varsity basketball team. Growing up in a community of predominantly Latino immigrants opened his eyes to the large inequalities in society. He has been involved in various forms of activism in his community, including helping found the Monterey County Black and Brown Solidarity Coalition this summer, where they organized a 14-mile march to speak against police brutality and systematic racism. In addition, Josué’s passion for engineering and design came from when he joined the Robotics club in high school and his team won first place at a regional competition. This opened his eyes to the myriad of creative projects that can be done through engineering. Since then, he has worked on addressing issues like socioeconomic inequity in solar energy through his internship with Shake Energy Collaborative, to currently working on a product to address the issue of global hunger with the Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Student Association. He also serves as a Team Manager for the Men’s Basketball Team and founded a custom shoe painting business with his dad and brother. Whether you have a design idea or want to learn Spanish, Josué is eager to speak with students about any of his passions. He is a big believer in “learning by doing”, and he is excited to collaborate with students on any curiosities they might have!
Julia is a rising junior at Harvard, majoring in Economics with a minor in Government. On campus, she is an avid member of the Harvard Financial Analysts Club and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, where she has led various projects studying the intersection between politics and STEM fields alongside distinguished Harvard professors. She is also a former member of the Harvard Track and Field team. In high school, Julia was the salutatorian of her grade, a member of Model UN, her school’s Math Team, and also the founder of her school’s KIVA chapter, a non profit microfinance organization that allows people to invest in low-income small businesses and entrepreneurs around the world. Despite her academic focus on math, she received various awards across many disciplines, such as the American Chemical Society’s National Achievement Award and Maxima Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam. She loves to study languages, fluent in Spanish after partaking in an exchange program in Madrid. Julia also competed at the national level in cross country and track. She was the team captain and received the MVP award for each season she competed, as well as the New York State Sportsmanship Award, recognizing her positive attitude alongside athletic achievements. Julia has worked as a summer camp counselor for five summers, and has had much experience both working with and tutoring kids. Julia is extremely excited to share her passion for learning across various disciplines and help students reach new milestones in their academic careers.
Julia is pursuing a major in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University with minors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Political Science, and Symbolic Systems. Since their freshman fall in 2017, they have led multiple student groups successfully. Currently, they are the co-president of the Stanford Student Space Initiative, Fascinate Publication, and Alpha Chi Omega, the captain of the Model UN team, and the financial officer of Health Education for Lifetime Partnerships, Stanford Applied Cybersecurity, and Student Alliance for Justice in Education. In their free time, they belong to a space-themed cover band, The Artemis Generation, where they play guitar. In addition, they figure skate and rollerblade regularly, and they love to watch and play baseball. Crafts are another hobby of theirs, and they sold handmade bracelets and other creations in high school to raise $2,000 for mental health awareness. Their previous work with students is wide-ranging, including tutoring through the National Honors Society in high school, coaching gymnastics for two years, and leading health education workshops for middle school students. They look forward to inspiring more students through Curious Cardinals!
Kailas studies Math and Physics, along with a minor in History. He began his career studying plasma physics nuclear fusion– working on the NSTX-U reactor at PPPL. Later, he went on to help build one of the world’s first quantum computers to design some of the fastest, most efficient conventional supercomputers at IBM. At Harvard, he has been the teaching assistant to several classes including Math 55, mathematical economics, and mathematical physics. Kailas Co-founded the Harvard Satellite Team, where he helped launch many test rockets at the White Sands range in New Mexico, and founded the Harvard Historical Wargaming Society. He has spent time in management with the Boston Consulting Group and Morgan Stanley. Currently, he is employed by the United States Department of Defense. Kailas feels at home in the outdoors and spends his free time backpacking, surfing, skiing, reading, and hiking. He hopes to one day visit every national park. Kailas hopes to share his love of History, Mathematics, Science, and Nature with students at Curious Cardinals.
Kate is passionate about the ways in which history, art and literature can turn hindsight into foresight and strengthen social justice activism. She uses this lens in her work as an intern the Correctional Association of New York (CANY), the only organization given state mandate to survey conditions in prisons and communicate their findings to legislature and the greater public. When she isn’t working, Kate loves to lose herself in a good book or work on creative writing projects!
Kate received a B.A. in History with Honors in International Security from Stanford University in 2021. She recently completed her thesis on cyber security and governance in the Middle East and will continue this research next year through a Fulbright grant to receive a M.A. in Conflict Research, Management and Resolution at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A native Texan, Kate lived in the United Kingdom throughout high school before moving to Jordan on a gap year prior to attending Stanford. A passionate linguist, Kate has achieved advanced proficiency in Arabic, Spanish and French and is currently studying Russian and Hebrew. While at university, Kate was the deputy lead research assistant to former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and pursued opportunities for public service through an internship at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Kate is currently living in New York and interning at the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations. She’s looking forward to her upcoming move to Jerusalem.
Katie is currently pursuing a major in Computer Science at Princeton University. From Ponte Vedra, Florida, she was valedictorian of her graduating class and excelled in her independent summer research in computational astrophysics and her personal entrepreneurial ventures, developing an end-to-end application launched on the Google Play Store. At Princeton, Katie is involved in business and finance-related clubs, developing her passions for leadership and investing. She is an analyst with Tiger Capital Management, the only private, student-run investment fund that provides Princeton undergraduate students with practical investing experience through the pursuit of market-beating returns. Moreover, she was the Director of Human Capital for Business Today, a 501c3 organization with a mission of creating a dynamic community for influential business leaders to interact with undergraduate students from campuses worldwide. In addition, she was selected as a course grader for one of her computer science classes as a result of academic performance and professor recommendation. During her sophomore summer, Katie worked as a project management intern on the Outlook Business and Growth team at Microsoft in Seattle. She ultimately redesigned the onboarding experience for the EDU segment of Outlook, impacting approximately 70 million active users. Outside of school, Katie is extremely passionate about STEM and sharing that passion with younger students who may not have exposure to the field through the typical school experience. Tired of school? Lacking the passion behind education? Katie is ready to revive your motivation to learn! Her strong work ethic and energetic personality will inspire you to embrace your intellectual curiosity.
Keanu is a Diné student at Harvard College studying History & Literature with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. Their research focuses primarily on Indigenous Language Revitalizations and the nuances of that dialogue. In their free time, you can find them writing a poem, reading a book, or herding sheep.
Kenneth is a first-year PhD student in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He previously graduated from Harvard with a BA in Neuroscience. Kenneth is passionate about the interdisciplinary study of consciousness.
Keren currently attends UC Berkeley, where she studies Data Science and Computer Science. An international student from the Philippines, she has represented her country in various international high school competitions, such as the International Chemistry Olympiad and the ASEAN Plus Three Junior Science Olympiad. She is passionate about women’s representation in STEM, having been the only girl in her team across these competitions. Following her professional and personal passions led her to Womxn Ignite, a coalition of young women in technology and entrepreneurship, where she is a fellow. At UC Berkeley, Keren has been an undergraduate researcher at various labs, researching nanocrystals under the Alivisatos group and biomedical imaging in the Pines and Reimer group. Keren is also widely involved in the campus entrepreneurship space as the External VP of Sigma Eta Pi, a co-ed entrepreneurship society. Outside of school, she works as a Product intern under Planet Labs, a microsatellite imaging company (calling all space tech fans!). An avid outdoors person, Keren loves to climb, hike, ski, run, and surf. Keren is excited to teach physics, data science, math, and other STEM concepts at Curious Cardinals!
Kilando Chambers is an undergraduate at Harvard College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus track in Mind Brain Behavior (MBB) and a secondary in Statistics. Kilando graduated from Murrah High School in Jackson, MS, and there his passion for research and mentoring began. Kilando was apart of the Base Pair program at Murrah, a prestigious program that matched high school students with biomedical researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Kilando studied viral capsids and cancer treatments in the microbiology department. While simultaneously interning with Base Pair, Kilando began a free peer-led ACT test prep program for the students in his school district, most of whom were low-income and black or brown students. Kilando has furthered his interests in teaching, community service, and research at Harvard College. Kilando is a recipient of the Harvard College Research Program stipend that allows him to independently research emotional avoidance and racial trauma in black people. Kilando has also worked with many start-up companies to improve educational access for underrepresented minorities through technology and AI. He also works with HAUSCR Summit for Young Leaders in China to educate students in China about queer topics. In his spare time, Kilando commits as much time as possible to tutoring students for college admissions exams. Kilando hopes to foster interest in psychology, neuroscience, statistics, and math with students at Curious Cardinals. Above all, Kilando wants people interested in any form of education to leave the classroom learning something new and unique about themselves.
Kyra’s favorite topics lie at the Intersection of technology, art, psychology, and language. She is studying Computer Science and Philosophy at Stanford. From 2013 through 2019, through a not-for-profit program she founded called KEM Creative Studios, Kyra taught technical art classes to children in transitional living situations across Los Angeles with $5000 in funding from the Dragon Kim Fellowship. This experience is what initially sparked her love of teaching, and she has since had the pleasure of teaching visual art, graphic design, user experience and user interface design, computer science, and more. Since graduating from high school, Kyra has worked several jobs in product design, product management, product development, branding, marketing, graphic design, and illustration. She is the Co-Director of Design Education for Stanford Womxn in Design (SWID), where she co-launched the SWID Consultant Certification Program, a comprehensive course designed to prepare Stanford students to work in the design industry. She also helped with the launch of the SWID Design Consulting Group, a program that gives experienced design students at Stanford the opportunity to partner with design companies as design consultants and project managers. In addition to math, physics, and Spanish, Kyra generally loves teaching all things creative, from art to coding to storytelling.
Lauren is pursuing a major in Political Theory with minors in "American Ideals and Institutions" and "Values and Public Life" at Princeton University. Lauren is the team captain of the women's varsity lightweight crew team and won silver in the 2019 Collegiate National Championship. Upon graduation, she will row at Rutgers University while pursuing a certificate in Public Policy before beginning her J.D at Harvard Law. Lauren plans to study education law with the ultimate goal of entering the legal field of special education. She is currently writing her senior thesis on the separate education of elementary students with cognitive disabilities in American public schools. Lauren has been involved with Special Olympics from a young age because her younger brother is a Special Olympic athlete; while at undergrad, she ran a Special Olympic Rowing program that serves over 30 adults with disabilities in the Princeton community. The program opens the resources of collegiate boathouses to the broader community, making the sport more accessible and connecting athletes of different backgrounds. At Curious Cardinals, Lauren will teach on disability studies as well as Constitutional Law and Ethics.
A Stanford psychology and statistics student hoping to pursue a career in pediatric medicine, Leila has experience working with students of all ages. Leila was the recipient of the Loenning-Sobel Math Award, given to students who show proficiency in and a passion for mathematics. Leila currently serves as a Research Assistant for the Stanford Psychology Department’s Social Concepts Lab. She will be writing an honors thesis over the course of the next year with the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Leila is pursuing a major in Psychology, on the Health and Development track, and a minor in Data Science at Stanford University. Leila was a competitive gymnast throughout middle and high school and continues to engage her passion for the sport by coaching lower and middle schoolers on Stanford’s campus as a part of TRS Gymnastics. Leila has a long standing passion for teaching those around her--she has participated in tutoring children of all ages. Her favorite tutoring experience was working in the Math Center at her high school where she had the opportunity to engage with students of all ages and experience levels. Leila is also an older sister to rising Pre-K and 3rd grade students and loves all things kids. Leila has spent her summers volunteering in the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in New York City and working for All Five, a socioeconomically diverse preschool in Menlo Park. She is part of the Social Concepts Lab in the Psychology Department at Stanford, which allows her to conduct research at Bing Nursery School. Leila has also dedicated time to Dance Marathon, an organization that raises money for the Uncompensated Care Fund at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Leila hopes to pursue a career in pediatric medicine. Leila loves diving into new fields--her 8 year old brother turned her into a baseball fan this summer! Leila is full of enthusiasm and is excited to work with your child!
Lina grew up in the suburbs of Paris. When she is not busy fighting for minorities' rights, you'll find her cooking pastries. A sophomore at Sciences Po Paris, she studies Political Humanities in the Europa-Africa Program, she is fascinated by African history and sociology and is learning Swahili. Her life-long dream is to become a teacher. Coming from an alternative highschool, she considers her students to be her equals. She uses innovative methods which prove to be efficient: she graduated highschool obtaining the highest honors. Even so, she will still teach you French while baking macarons together. Passionate about French literature and activism, she wants to give each child the opportunity to find their passions, and invent their own utopia. Winner of the Prix Cicéron, French national contest of eloquence, Lina likes to play with words and will teach her students to feel confident to speak up. Lina was National Secretary of a students' rights federation. Passionated by politics she organized numerous actions and partook in negotiations with the French government to defend a good studying environment for all. Participating in feminist and LGBTQ+ associations and volunteering to help the refugees in her city, Lina will make sure everyone feels valued, included and in a safe space in her classroom.
Lucia is a junior studying Business and Technology Management with a concentration in Finance at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. Passionate about new technology trends, finance, the cosmetics industry, and marketing. She’s an incoming marketing intern at L’Oréal USA this summer. She has interned at two startups in the creative entrepreneurship industry and the health and wellness industry in the past: Third EYE Edge and Wholier. Lucia is a people person; she loves helping other people learn, she's very patient, adapts to student's learning pace, has tutored IB students, and has helped all younger family members learn. She’s there for her students every step of the way and is dedicated to helping everybody reach their goals!
Lydia received her Master’s from the University of Cambridge in 2021, where she earned a Distinction for her research on modern Arabic poetry adapted from ancient Greek tragedy. She studied Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2020. An avid linguist, Lydia is proficient in Arabic, French, Ancient Greek, and Latin, and loves discovering the connections between these languages and the history of the Mediterranean region, from ancient times to modern day. Lydia grew up in Arlington, Virginia, but has taught writing, ancient literature, archaeology, art, and mythology across the world. She has worked in the Cultural Section of the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, Algeria, and developed student programming materials for museums in Washington, DC and Amman, Jordan. She believes that the arts and humanities should be accessible to all students, no matter their background. At Harvard, she tutored undergraduates in academic writing, and in high school she developed and taught an after-school program about the ancient world for elementary and middle-school students. Lydia is happiest when traipsing about ruined ancient sites, spending too long in art museums, and searching for the best vanilla iced latte wherever she visits! At Curious Cardinals, Lydia is eager to teach subjects which touch on literature, language, history, and world cultures. Above all, she is keen to learn from her students and their fresh perspectives, and to engage their passions!
Madeline is pursuing a double major in Finance and Marketing at The Boston College Carroll School of Management. She is a strong advocate in teaching financial literacy, as it is important to understand how to manage money efficiently at a young age. In her senior year of high school, she was on the AJGA Scholastic Honor Roll and led her team to win the State Championships. Currently, Madeline is on the Women’s Varsity Golf Team at Boston College with a full athletic scholarship. In her freshman year of College, she won the Jackrabbit Invitational in Las Vegas. Her golf skills have helped her develop a strong foundation for other passions in her life. She knows what it takes to be successful and wants to guide others on that path. On top of golf, Madeline is very passionate about the arts, specifically painting, graphic design, and ballet. She is a believer in a strong mind and a strong body. At Curious Cardinals, she wants to help others find their passion and develop important skills they can carry with them for the rest of their lives!
Madeline is studying Physics with an Astrophysics concentration and Comparative Literature at Stanford. Madeline graduated from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in 2018 where she was recognized for her achievements in History, English, Astrophysics, and overall academic standing. Highlights of her experience include designing capstone projects on the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering and the intersections of quantum theory and literature. As a senior, she spent her time at the school observatory building a radio telescope with her Astrophysics teacher. In college, Madeline has spent her summers working on several different projects at two different NASA centers. At Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, Madeline worked on the Precision Orbit Determination team for ICESat-2, a science mission satellite studying Earth’s polar regions. The following summer, Madeline worked directly under Gavin Schmidt, NASA's newly-appointed Chief Climate Advisor, to analyze long-range climate models and satellite observations. The GISS ModelE is currently an instrumental part of the IPCC reports, which influence international policy decisions and shape public understanding of Earth’s changing climate. This spring, Madeline is taking time off from Stanford to compile her research findings into a formal paper which she hopes to publish. Madeline’s goal at Curious Cardinals is to help students identify their passions and encourage them to make connections between the humanities and sciences. She has teaching experience and expertise in 6th-12th grade Math, Science, and English. Madeline challenges students to have fun and reach for the stars!
Mahlon Sorensen in a junior at Yale University, and a New York City native. At school, Mahlon studies history, with a particular focus on military history, international relations, and great power competition. He is a member of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, a year long program in which students study the classics and applications of strategy in the historical and contemporary realms. Mahlon is also a midshipman in the Yale Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, and accordingly, he will commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy upon graduation. He aspires to be a naval aviator and is hoping to be sent to pilot training for his first assignment. Besides his studies and NROTC, Mahlon is the President of the Yale Men's Rugby team.
Mansi is a senior at Princeton University majoring in Molecular Biology with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. She is the Treasurer of the Princeton Class of 2022, a volunteer EMT with the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, and a pre-health academic advisor. She also participates in the campus voter engagement group Vote100 and the ESL English tutoring organization El Centro. Mansi is passionate about the social determinants of health, human psychology, and youth political engagement!
Marwah graduated from Harvard with High Honors in S.B. Mechanical Engineering and a psychology secondary. For the past several years, Marwah has been innovating at the intersection of engineering and humanitarian development. She has spearheaded several diverse projects across 7 different countries including Japan, Peru, Turkey, and Kenya, and is currently the Project Lead for Harvard’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter, awarded the Premier Chapter Award amongst 250+ chapters. Marwah has worked in a number of industries ranging from engineering, artificial intelligence, architecture, and consulting. She was awarded the Radcliffe Fellowship to conduct smart biomimetics research and has since then led research in nanofabrication and optics, public policy reform, quantum dot solar cells, and healthcare. Marwah also dedicates her time to a novel vascular synthetic biology project across the Broad Institute, Harvard Medical School, and Draper Labs. Marwah has filed numerous patents for her engineering innovations and has received Harvard’s most prestigious awards for her inventions including the Hoopes Prize award for her novel thesis in an accessibility device. In her spare time, Marwah carries an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys engaging with others to tackle all sorts of problems. She is a bubbly and optimistic person who loves both teaching and learning from others!
I am an engineer and a teacher! I love software, fitness, cooking, and the outdoors. I am passionate about building products to help enable students to discover their passions and engaging with classrooms to help ignite interest in technology.
Max, currently on a gap year, is excited to continue his passion for math and science at Princeton University this Fall, where he plans to major in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Max grew up in Concord, Massachusetts and graduated summa cum laude from Groton School while also receiving the sixth form math prize. During his time at Groton, Max was the captain of the Groton’s varsity soccer team, a member of the school spirit committee, a freshman dorm prefect, and a peer counselor among other things. Since graduating last Spring, Max has learned and challenged himself in many new ways outside of a traditional classroom setting. He spent most of the Fall on a cross country road trip, during which he drove over 15,000 miles and visited 19 different national parks, camping in a tent every night. More recently, Max has explored his passion for the outdoors by working at an organic farm in Carlisle, Massachusetts. Max’s love of math began at a young age with an obsession for puzzles, Legos, and and fixing things by hand. After completing calculus his sophomore year of high school, Max explored advanced topics like linear algebra, calculus based statistics and abstract algebra. He enjoys the intricate beauty of both daily and complex mathematics, viewing each math problem like its own individual puzzle. In his free time, Max also loves skiing, surfing, hiking, going out for ice cream, and spending time with his family.
Maya is double-majoring in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Yale University. In 2019, she graduated Valedictorian in her class of 375 students. Throughout high school, she was president of her school's National Honor Society and on the executive board for the science, english, and language honor societies. While playing varsity tennis and running track and field, she fulfilled her positions on her high school's FIRST Robotics team as strategy captain, programmer, designer, and business director. Maya is also the co-founder of the Mount Olive Community Fellowship, a program in partnership with the Mayor's Office, Health Department, Public Library, Land Conservancy of NJ, and district senator to increase voter outcome, provide academic assistance, and educate town members on preservation and sustainability. In her first two years of college, Maya grew from first-year liaison in the South Asian Society to co-director of the South Asian Youth Initiative, an international conference bringing light to issues affecting the South Asian diaspora. She is currently conducting research at the Affective Science and Culture Lab, reviewing literature related to infant-mother relationships in Rohingya refugees. She also works for the Social Gerontology and Health Lab, specifically with the Families Coping Together with Alzheimer's Disease Study and the Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, and Plan Study. Though Maya has dabbled in a multitude of interests, she has always had a love for math as seen through her six years of tutoring other students and hopes to inspire students to see its intersection with psychology and beyond.
Maya is a rising senior at Yale majoring in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and minoring in Education. She loves teaching, writing, and creative arts. A native of NYC, Maya was one of 15 students accepted to the Drama program at the Professional Performing Arts High School, where she served as co-founder and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine. In her junior year, Maya was selected to teach English in the Dominican Republic through the organization Global Glimpse, which she is still an active member of today. In her senior year, Maya completed a public policy project about the status of school counselors in NYCPS addressed to the Department of Education. She obtained perfect scores on both the AP Literature exam and the writing and english sections of the ACT, and graduated with honors in the top 7% of her class. At Yale, Maya has served on the board of the Yale First Generation and/or Low-Income Advocacy Movement as well as the Middle Eastern North African Student Association. Recently, she has had creative fiction published in several of Yale’s literary magazines. Outside of school, Maya plays electric guitar in a band and has acted professionally for over 10 years. Maya has experience teaching all ages and is excited to help students with creative or academic writing, acting/audition prep, or any other curiosities they might have!
Melanie is a junior at Stanford majoring in English with Creative Writing and minoring in Italian. She loves reading, writing, and soaking in the Palo Alto sunshine with a good novel in hand. She’s also an enormous pasta fan and plans to study abroad in Florence post Covid to perfect her Italian.  
 In high school, Melanie privately tutored elementary and middle schoolers in a range of subjects. She ran a community service organization that helped underprivileged children learn how to read and write their own stories, and founded an after-school improv program at a local elementary school. After her junior year, she received the Werner F. Chilton Fellowship, which awarded her stellar writing abilities and provided a scholarship for her to attend the Kenyon Young Writer’s Workshop. Melanie was the leader of her school’s Interact Club, an organization that fundraised for non-profits.  
 At Stanford, Melanie is a member and social officer of the Stanford Equestrian Team. She has ridden horses competitively for ten years and is ranked fifteenth in the IHSA. She loves spending time with horses and coordinating events for her teammates. This summer, she was an editorial intern at Setting Mind, a multimedia company dedicated to promoting sustainable products. Melanie is extremely passionate about all forms of storytelling and loves sharing her love for literature with Curious Cardinals! 
Mia grew up acting professionally in the D.C. theatre scene and has worked at acclaimed regional theatres such as Ford’s Theatre, Arena Stage, and Signature Theatre. She is a proud alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied acting, directing, voice and dance. At the Boston Conservatory, Mia is President of the New Ground Theatre Company, a student-run company that produces cutting-edge new work. Mia is fluent in Spanish and worked at the GALA Theatre, a bilingual theatre company in Washington D.C. She has also worked as the Marketing and Social Media intern for Arlekin Players, a regional theatre company in Massachusetts. Mia teaches a variety of acting methods, from Linklater’s foundational vocal work, Stanislavski’s emotion memory technique, to Laban and Grotowski’s physical theater techniques. She provides a foundational toolkit for her students, as they deep-delve into the incredible art form of theater and learn what acting techniques allow them to be their most truthful and creative selves.
Mihika is currently a senior at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is majoring in design and minoring in environmental and sustainability studies. As a designer, Mihika is passionate about creating long-lasting and meaningful experiences for people, thinking through complicated problems with a creative lens, and designing interventions that work at different scales for systems-level change. Through her education, Mihika is working to use the power of good design and research to create positive social, economic, and environmental changes that will ultimately lead to more sustainable future societies. At Carnegie Mellon University, Mihika has led two independent research projects about facilitating systemic change on campus, and received the Victor Ng Design Impact Award for her work. She also serves as a research assistant on a project about creating anti-racist narratives for the future. Outside of university, Mihika is the design and marketing lead for Her Future Fund, an organization dedicated to ending gender-based violence in India. In her free time, Mihika loves painting, reading, and trying different recipes.
As a Stanford graduate in Psychology and Theatre & Performance Studies, Mo (she/her) is passionate about mental health and ways of healing, especially as it pertains to practices of honoring and connecting to the Earth. She also believes in cultivating emotional and social wellness at a young age in order to empower children to be their best selves. Her research in Psychology at Stanford revolved around young children’s conceptions of identity development and led to collaborations with local elementary school teachers and non-profits around creating resource guides for “identity-safe classrooms” as well as curriculum grounded in social cohesion. Outside of the classroom, she was a leader in communities devoted to early childhood education; these include Bing Nursery School, Flying Treehouse: A Children’s Repertory Theatre and Camp Kesem, a camp dedicated to supporting children impacted by a parent’s cancer. In high school, Mo competed in pageants and developed her winning campaign around positive self concept and healthy body image education for students at her local elementary schools. Mo currently works for GirlVentures, a non-profit based in Oakland that combines outdoor adventure with social emotional learning for adolescent girls and gender non-binary youth. When she’s not hugging trees or working with children, Mo does freelance podcast production and public speaking with a commitment to building a liberated, equitable, and radically inclusive future. Her experience has led to opportunities working for TEDx San Francisco, Radiolab and Patagonia. In her free time, Mo enjoys cloud-watching, rock climbing and making home-made zines. In whatever endeavor she does, Mo finds outlets to synthesize her technical skill set, creative toolkit, and unique experiences to advocate and empower others.
Morgan is a rising junior at Stanford University who is double majoring in Political Science and Psychology. She is passionate about the psychological underpinnings of policy outcomes and believes that understanding human behavior is essential for many spheres of work. Currently, she is a member of SSDP—an international grassroots organization aimed at achieving social justice through sensible policy change. Throughout her time with SSDP, she has learned how to successfully lead a non-profit organization and is in the process of writing and lobbying for social justice policies in Iowa. At Stanford, Morgan is a three-season varsity athlete on the cross country and track and field teams. In her eleven years as a competitive runner, she has broken two Arizona high school state records, represented the USA at the Pan American Championships where she placed 3rd in the 800m, and earned a scholarship to compete for Stanford University. Morgan's goal at Curious Cardinal is to provide students with a safe and fun environment for them to explore their unique intellectual curiosities.
Nabib is a Harvard student studying Computer Science, Statistics, and Economics originally from New York City. He graduated within the top 1% of his class from a New York Specialized High School as an AP National Scholar and Intel Science Scholar. He received offers from 7 Ivy League Schools, MIT, and Stanford, and ultimately matriculated at Harvard where he's in the dual masters/bachelor's program as a Gates Millennium Scholar. He has experience in academia and research (co-authoring his first research paper in high school), public policy and government (leading various political campaigns and passing successful legislation in NYC), software development (completing numerous technical projects and working as an industry Software Engineer for Oracle and FaceBook), finance and business management (consulting for multiple Fortune 500 companies), and education (leading workshops and conferences globally in Asia, Latin America, and Europe). His current project is a start-up developing sensor technology for produce ripeness in an effort to combat food waste and loss. He's passionate about helping the next generation of students achieve their full potential through supplementary education or mentorship on passion projects!
Nicholas was born and raised in Lima, Peru and currently lives in the United States. He is a Senior and Master’s student at Stanford studying Public Policy. Nicholas is a fluent speaker of English, Spanish, and Italian, and he is adding French and German to the list. He has experience with international real estate development and investment projects ranging from affordable housing community developments to envisioning the strategy of a futuristic district in Bangkok with Thailand’s leading large-scale real estate developer. Nicholas also has experience with strategic consulting and business analytics roles at startups, tech companies, and nonprofit organizations in the US and abroad. Nicholas is also passionate about architecture, art, and design. Over the years, he has received multiple awards and recognitions for his artwork, and his architectural SketchUp portfolio has received millions of downloads from the architecture community around the world. Nicholas also lives for aviation and is working towards earning his pilot’s license. At Stanford he leads the Stanford Real Estate Club and has participated in a variety of real estate competitions. Nicholas has engaged in a variety of teaching and mentorship programs, ranging from elementary school subject tutoring to high school writing workshops and college-level professional mentorship. One of his motivations to teach is to inspire students to be increasingly creative thinkers.
Noah is a violinist, composer, and computer-music person from New York. He just finished his undergraduate at Stanford, double majoring in both ”Music, Science, and Technology” and “Symbolic Systems (Computer Music)”. He’s beginning a masters at Stanford next year to continue composing at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). As an undergraduate, Noah received a grant to compose for 10 weeks in Berlin, wrote pieces for visiting ensembles, and had his work performed in graduate-level contexts. Noah has deep knowledge in all things sound and music related. He has studied music theory, history, avant-garde, and classical composition techniques, such as orchestration and film scoring. He has built his own instruments with DIY electronics, composed pieces for hundreds of speakers, and written traditional music for string quartets and other ensembles. A lot of his coursework has explored the overlap with computer science and music, from algorithmic composition to AI and machine learning in musical contexts. He is excited to teach (and learn from) anyone curious about sound, coming from any background or experience level!
A former state senate Campaign Manager and current policy researcher for a climate-focused policy organization in Rhode Island, Noah Glickman is passionate about the intersection of politics and social justice. Concentrating in American Studies and Behavioral Decision Sciences at Brown University, Noah has been learning about the micro forces that affect the our political and economic ecosystems. Noah is always on the lookout for learning opportunities. At Brown, Noah is an editor for the Brown Undergraduate Law Review, is a member of the University’s Lecture Board, and an active member of Brown’s ACLU chapter. He is currently involved in a project focused on extending educational opportunities at Brown to Rhode Island’s incarcerated population. As a trained dialogue facilitator, Noah appreciates the power of communication and didactic encounters in learning. He’s excited to connect with learners about their passions and learn with them!
Nora Draper is currently pursuing a major in Economics and Mathematics at Yale University. She grew up in Middlebury, Vermont, surrounded by the Green Mountains and dairy farms. Nora spent her senior of high school studying at a small school in Bordeaux, France, and immersing herself in French culture. She is passionate about all things math and science, along with a devotion to gender equity – in particular, helping women stay empowered in STEM. In high school, she worked at an all-female camp for STEM students and exposed girls to STEM concepts in an engaging and fun way. At Yale, she is involved with the Women’s Leadership Initiative, which aims at equalizing opportunities for women in business. She also worked with Yale Circle of Women, which works to provide girls with access to quality secondary education equity. During her freshman year, she served on the operations board for the WLI Women’s Empowerment Conference and worked on the Maia Project, which provides e-readers to students, giving them access to literature at home and in school. Nora has been tutoring in various capacities since her freshman year of high school. She took a gap year for the 2020-2021 academic year and spent her time working as a financial modeling intern, doing research for the Yale School of Medicine, and tutoring. She loved her time off but is very excited to return to school in the Fall. In her free time, Nora enjoys hiking, thrift shopping, watching old movies, and playing with her two dogs. She is very enthusiastic about nature, numbers, and dogs and can’t wait to share that with her Curious students.

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