Alumni Spotlight

July 13, 2018

Joana Mondal

The TEAK Fellowship is proud to participate in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. Our team of five runners have committed to training and raising money with the promise that 100% of every dollar will be used for the TEAK Fellowships college access and success programs.   For the next 4 months, we’ll be…

June 12, 2018

Borun Sun

TEAK Class: 11 High School: Riverdale Country Day School College: Amherst College   On Wednesday, May 30th we celebrated the Class of 2018’s (Class 11) College Graduation and their completion of 9 years of TEAK! Borun Sun, Class 11’s student representative, addressed the room of classmates, family members, Board and Next Generation Board members, and staff. Read his…

May 16, 2018

Jenilssa Holguin

TEAK Class: 6 High School: LREI High School College: Cornell University Profession: Account Manager at Newsela   Jenilssa is a member of Class Six, The Classics. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Hospitality with minors in Marketing and English. Jenilssa and her family emigrated from the Dominican Republic when…

April 16, 2018

Alex Rico

Photo Credit: Kenneth “KC” Wilsey, Visual Imaging Manager, FEMA Region II TEAK Class: 4 High School: Ethical Culture Fieldston School College: Muhlenberg College Profession: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region II External Affairs (EA) Resource Manager   TEAK recently hosted a career panel for TEAK High School Juniors and Seniors and invited several TEAK alumni to sit on…

March 15, 2018

Elizabeth Patterson

  TEAK Class: 2 High School: Westtown School College: Caldwell College Graduate School: NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service Profession: Founder & Executive Director of Girls Education Initiative of Ghana   In honor of International Women’s Month, we wanted to highlight an alumna working to empower women and girls. Elizabeth Patterson, Class 2, is…

February 16, 2018

Tara Kalinsan

  Alumni Spotlight: Tara Kalinsan TEAK Class: 4   High School: Westtown School College: Muhlenberg College   In honor of Mentor Appreciation month in January, we highlight TEAK Alumna, Tara Kalinsan from Class 4, who serves as a mentor to Daniella from Class 19. Over the years, nineteen TEAK Alumnus have served as mentors to…

February 16, 2018

Lesly Afranie

Lesly Afranie recently joined the TEAK Fellowship as Assistant Director of Admissions but began her journey with TEAK ten years ago, when she was admitted to the 10th class of Fellows. She went on to Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City and just recently graduated from Brown University. At Brown she became…

February 16, 2018

Diku Rogers

  “This fall, I will be teaching 10th and 12th grade English at Peddie School. It is heartwarming and exciting to rejoin the Peddie community as a faculty member, because Peddie is a place that is so dear to me. When I reflect on my experience at Peddie and all of the ways that I…

February 16, 2018

Rachel Mak

TEAK Class: 3 High School: Phillips Exeter College: Harvard University Graduate School: Yale University Profession: Environmental Sustainability Consultant   On Saturday, January 6th, The TEAK Fellowship hosted its first annual College Success Summit, an action-packed day of guest speakers, workshops, and panels geared at helping TEAK college students prepare for their next steps. We were…

February 16, 2018

Christina Seda

TEAK Class: 2 High School: Convent of the Sacred Heart College: Trinity College Graduate School: Yale University Profession: Litigation Lawyer   Christina recently finished her federal judicial clerkship with the Hon. Nelson S. Roman of the Southern District of New York and is now a fourth year litigation associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler….