Simone Edwards is currently supporting the career readiness team as an intern. Prior to joining ESG, she worked as a City Year AmeriCorps Member at an elementary school in Washington, D.C. In that role, she collaborated with teachers and administrators to improve student attendance, decrease behavioral altercations, and improve overall academic performance.
Prior to that, she completed her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Guatemala where she was able to explore education equity and immigrant justice through her work at the university in Solola.
Simone holds a B.S. in Political Science: International and Comparative Studies from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and she is headed to Georgetown University Law Center in the fall where she plans to begin a public interest career.
Why are you in this work?
Although I have no aspirations to become a teacher, I have always found myself in a classroom–whether that was my mother’s classroom as I was growing up, or a classroom in Guatemala or D.C. the past few years. Through this work, and other experiences, I’ve defined passion areas in education equity and immigrant justice, and where they intersect: how do we ensure that undocumented students get the education that they deserve? This summer, I will have the opportunity to get to know this field from a different perspective, and I’ll be able to take what I learn and apply it to the communities that I want to serve.
I appreciated ESG’s commitment to both equity and seamless transitions from secondary education to postsecondary to stable careers. Too often, the focus is on either getting to high school, finishing high school, or getting to college, without the additional necessary focus on ensuring that the student has the resources to be able to provide for themselves and their community after graduation. Additionally, students of color and low-income students find the transitions particularly difficult, for a variety of reasons, and ESG is committed to addressing those issues as well.
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