Pre-College Director of Residence Life

Hey Team Stonehill, want to meet your Director of Residence Life? Say hey to Megan!

Megan has lived in many different parts of the country – she was born and raised in Chicago, went to college in San Francisco, and now lives in New York City.  After graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, she moved back to Chicago to teach as a corps member with the Teach For America program.

Megan Pic2Megan spent three years teaching prekindergarten in South Shore, the neighborhood where her mother (and Michelle Obama) grew up.  Realizing her dream to teach, Megan is now living in Manhattan, working on a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Teachers College – Columbia University.

To learn more about the pre-college summer program at Stonehill College, click here.

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Stonehill Pre-College Psychology

Join us this summer for a great psychology camp at Stonehill College. Meet your Instructor Andrea!

Andrea2 Andrea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She was 1 of 3 in a class of over 800 to graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA. After graduation, the Florida native returned to her hometown of Miami, Florida to be closer to family, friends and her soon-to-be husband, Sergio. She began work on her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in the Fall of 2012 at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale all while planning a wedding!

In addition to loving every minute of graduate study, Andrea loves to travel! She and her husband, Sergio, took 60 of their closest family and friends to Las Vegas in December to get hitched and love impromptu trips to Walt Disney World for the weekend. A self-proclaimed “foodie” Andrea loves to cook inventive things and spends hours surfing Food Network for fun recipes as well as hitting up some of the best-kept secrets of Miami restaurants.

After a great summer teaching science to 9th graders, Andrea knew that she had a passion for teaching and is excited to join Blueprint’s team, for the first time, this summer at Stonehill College’s psychology camp. She feels like psychology is an incredible subject with such a huge range of topics and interests and is ready to show her students just how amazing the subject can be!

To learn more about the summer program for high school students at Stonehill College, visit:

http://www.bpsummerprograms.com//stonehill

Pre-College Creative Writing

GW Creative Writing for High School Students July 2013

Calling all creative writers! If you join Blueprint’s pre-college summer program at George Washington University this summer you can hone your skills with one of the best, Merridith Allen!

Merridith is a playwright, screenwriter, actress, martial artist, and
 yogini, which potentially qualifies her for a Jane-of-all-trades…she 
likes to think, anyway.  She is currently living in New York City, but
enjoys traveling around the world as much as she possibly can.
 and is looking forward to leading intrepid writers in her creative writing class.

writing_picAs a writer, Merridith’s plays have seen productions at such venues as The
 Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Provincetown Theater, and The New Georges
 Theatre space.  Her play, “The House of Fallen Snow” was a finalist at The
 Strawberry One Act festival, and went on to become a film which has just
placed second in The Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.  She writes a
fair amount of creative nonfiction and fiction, and likes to jump around
the country going to (and teaching at) as many literary festivals as
possible.

Click here for details about Merridith’s summer program for high school students.

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Stonehill Pre-College RA

Headed over to the summer program for high school students this year at Stonehill?
You’re in for a treat!

In this corner, and returning for round two, a real contender in our book ladies and gentlemen the Audacious Anna Akthar!!!

IMAG0398Anna is a proud native Texan, and currently a junior at what she considers to be the greatest school in the country — the University of Texas. (Hook ’em!)

She is currently studying General Education with future plans to teach at the elementary level, and eventually become a college prep counselor. Anna is currently interning at an elementary school in Austin, and it’s her favorite part of her day!

When she isn’t working, interning, or in classes, Anna loves spending time with her sorority sisters, cooking, rock climbing, kayaking, running, and buying pants. (She buys other clothes too, but mostly, pants.)

She’s a major animal lover, and loves tricking her family members into attending dog shows with her. Anna loves to dance, laugh, and has a hard time taking herself too seriously. She’s extremely excited about returning to Stonehill as an RA for the second year and is looking forward to getting to know the future campers!!!!

3 random facts about Anna are:
-She’s terrified of roaches.
-She loves cheese.
-She can quote almost every episode of King of the Hill in its entirety.

For more information on Anna’s pre-college summer program, visit:

http://www.bpsummerprograms.com//stonehill

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Forensic Science Summer Camp

Blueprint Pre-College Summer Programs at Stonehill College – Meet Your Instructor!!!

About Christina Giovinazzo

BrazilChristina has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Syracuse University (Go Orange!). She combined Biology and Forensic Science courses, focusing on Pathology and Genetics. Christina stayed at Syracuse for a M.S. in Forensic Science which was completed in May 2013. As part of her research projects, Christina has studied the degradation and contamination of DNA, epigenetics, and did an internship in Forensic Psychiatry at the Onondaga County Justice Center.

Outside of studying crimes and criminals, Christina enjoys reading, playing cards and board games, and chilling with her pet rabbit, Kirby. She would like to start traveling much more now that she has finished her 6 years of school at Syracuse University. She has been to Brazil, and hopefully her next trip will be to Italy.

Christina is excited to return to Blueprint this year and plans to make the course very interactive, with hands on laboratories, courtroom trials, and even some crime scenes!

Be prepared for an amazing summer!
Biology Laboratory Instructor
SMART Grant Recipient, 2011
Chemical Hygiene Plan Awareness Certified

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Lehigh Pre-College Psychology

About Vicki Raab | Pre-College Psychology Instructor, Athlete, Traveler, Adventurer

raab4Vicki holds a Bachelors degree in History, with a minor in Psychology from Rutgers University, Douglass College. She also received her Masters degree in Social Studies Education by completing a 5-year program in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Currently, she teaches U.S. History and Sociology at West Morris Central High School in Chester, New Jersey.  She is also an Assistant Coach of the Varsity Field Hockey team at West Morris and is so proud of her Wolfpack State Champions!

For more information on Vicki’s summer program for high school students visit:

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Lehigh’s Pre-College RA

We’re over the moon that Renee is returning to Blueprint’s Pre-College Program in Pennsylvania this year!

Renee Bernier: The Blueprint Bio 2.0!
Renee holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Stonehill College, where she spent the last four years debating what she was meant to do in life. With her sights shifting from social work to guidance counseling to higher education, she knows one thing: she loves the idea of students wanting to further themselves after high school and knows that college is a great way to do that. Thus, she’s so glad she found Blueprint last summer-which is a great outlet for her to express those motivations with like-minded guys and gals- and will be returning for her second summer, at Lehigh!

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UCLA Pre-College Director

About Yesenia J. Moreno| Educator, Photographer, and Life-long Learner

Students joining Blueprint’s Pre-College Summer Program @ UCLA already have something to look forward to …. the coolest director on the planet!

Yesenia graduated with her Masters in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2008, and immediately put her degree to work as a Bilingual Elementary Teacher at a New York Public School in Harlem.  Since graduating she remains dedicated to her studies by continuing to take courses at her Alma Mater in pedagogy and sociology.  Just this Spring of 2013, she enrolled in a course titled the Sociology of Urban Education, which sums up her professional passion.

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Practice the SAT @ Blueprint

We’re very excited to announce we have struck up a partnership with The Princeton Review that will give Blueprint students enrolling in the one or two week programs at George Washington University or Stonehill College the opportunity to practice the SAT during week one of their program!

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Blueprint @ GW, meet your RA!

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Laura just finished her 2nd year at the University of Connecticut as psychology major where she is one of the recipients of the university’s leadership scholarship. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology and as a research assistant for an early autism detection study, she is getting a hands-on experience in her studies. Read more