Chelsea comes to OneAmerica motivated by her experiences working within public schools with students and families over the past two years. She graduated from Bard College in 2011 with a B.A. in Human Rights, and while there was awarded the Davis Projects for Peace grant with a fellow student for work on an education project in Nicaragua focused on listening and responding to community voices. Through her work on this project she deepened her understanding of the necessity to apply a cultural awareness lens to issues of social justice.
Her first experience in the classroom was when she began as a Teaching Associate with Citizen Schools in the Bay Area in 2012, and last year she worked at Beacon Hill International School teaching after-school activities and homework support sessions. She has volunteered in several student support and teaching capacities - in middle school, kindergarten, and dual language immersion classes, and with Upwardly Global and the International Rescue Committee working with immigrant professionals and teaching ESL. Her experiences working with immigrant and refugee populations, and with students and families in the public school system, inform her commitment to advocacy and creating a more equitable education system that will close the opportunity gap. She grew up in the Seattle area and is happy to be back.