Student Leadership

Ilona Brose

Ilona Brose

I am Ilona Brose and I use she/her pronouns. I am in the special education and elementary dual endorsement program! I was a Future Woodring Scholar (FWS)  last year, my experiences in the program led me down the path of special education. I knew that I wanted to pursue education after my K-12 experience and the various jobs I had throughout high school working with children in my community. My high school was a place that highlighted some of the inequities within the school system. While my building was literally falling apart and racist students plastered hate speech on the walls, the school’s administration did little to nothing. Me and my peers’ frustration with our high school, and what I have learned in my classes as a FWS have shaped my views on social justice within the context of schools. 

As a FWS I created connections with other students and faculty that I likely would not have made otherwise. I credit getting into my program as a freshman all to the FWS program!

Jose Cervantes-Aguilar

Jose Cervantes-Aguilar

My name is Jose Cervantes-Aguilar (He/Him). I am a first-generation high school and college graduate. I graduated high school in 2015, and received a general transfer associates degree in 2017 from Skagit Valley College (SVC), and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a teaching endorsement and with a minor in Education & Social Justice (ESJ) in 2019 from Western Washington University (WWU). I was the first-ever Maestros Para el Pueblo (MPeP) student to be accepted and attending the Masters in Teaching program at WWU. I am skilled in Bilingualism, Secondary Education, Public Speaking, Spanish, ELL Education, Bilingual Education, and Spanish Teaching. He is soon to have a Master's in Teaching focused in Secondary Education with endorsements in Spanish, Social Studies, ELL, and Bilingual Ed. from WWU. 

I am currently in my last two quarters of my master's program

Jeweliana Coronado

Jeweliana Coronado

My name is Jeweliana Coronado and I am one of your Program Coordinators for this year. I am so excited to be working with all of you. This is my second year at Western and I am in the Special Education and Elementary Education dual endorsement program. I was a FWS last year and am very familiar with the program. A little information about myself is that I am from Oceanside, California which is about 30 minutes away from San Diego. I decided to go to Western to pursue education. I am the middle child of 2 other siblings and am a first-generation college student. My older sister is in the Air Force, and my little brother is in 4th grade. I always knew I wanted to pursue teaching and education, but being in the FWS program last year solidified my career choice. Please feel free to reach out to me, I know these times are difficult and very odd. Remember to take care of yourself and keep being motivated!

Jori Denton and cat

Jori Denton

This is my third year as a mentor, and I did start off at WWU as a Future Woodring Scholar. Coming to Western as a first-generation student, this program helped me shape my educational career. With the community of other students, faculty, and staff, they have all helped guide me to where I need to be, and my goal as a mentor is to do the same for you. Another program that I am involved in is FACET (Families and Community Engaged Teaching), which really inspired me when it came to choosing my degree with how education and human services can be structured.

I have always wanted to become a teacher as I did not agree with what I saw happening in my schools, especially during high school. I have always been passionate about health and sex education, which is why I decided to go to Fairhaven College and create my own degree titled, "Beyond Reproduction: Evolving Health Education." With this, my hope is to be able to teach anyone and everyone about sex and health education as these are critical for everyone to know about to care for themselves. 

Ella Harris

Ella Harris

My name is Ella Harris, and I am the Peer Mentor Lead for the DRR office this year!

I was a Future Woodring Scholar my first year at Western! I absolutely loved the program, really connected with my mentor, and met some of my best friends within the FIG. It was amazing to be able to create community so fast, as I am the first in my immediate family to attend a 4-year university. Later that year I became connected with ESJ (Education & Social Justice Minor), as well as FACET (Family and Community Engaged Teaching). All of these programs combined opened me up to a world of human services and education that I had never experienced before. Coming into Western, I wanted to be a high school teacher! However, beginning my junior year, I realized that I was being called into a different area of education, and decided to switch my major to sociology. I am now hoping to graduate in the Spring of 2021 and continue to pursue a master’s degree in an Adult and Higher Education program.

Ranulfo Molina

Ranulfo Molina

Hola! My name is Ranulfo Molina. I use He/Him/His pronouns. I am a first-generation senior student at WWU studying English Creative Writing emphasis and a minor in Education and Social Justice. I am a transfer student from Skagit Valley College (SVC), where I was actively involved with Maestros Para el Pueblo program. I didn't always want to be a teacher. I found my passion for teaching and education while volunteering for Children of the Valley, an after-school program. Providing a positive, caring, and supportive environment for children of low-income families. This volunteerism led me to join Maestros Para el Pueblo program and begin building a career in the education system. Pre-COVID, I had the opportunity to volunteer with Skagit Valley Community Action in Adult Ed. Department. I was charged with bringing a weekly Language Arts curriculum to my classroom to prepare my students for a successful GED test.

When I think of teaching and education, I believe it is the work of the heart. I hope to ignite this type of rhetoric in my mentees.

Kaya Newell

Kaya Newell

Hi everyone! My Name is Kaya, I am a first-generation college student here at Western. I am currently a junior and starting my first year in the special education and elementary education dual endorsement program. I have known since I was a young age that I wanted to be a teacher, but growing up with siblings with disabilities I learned how important it is for educators to know how to teach each and every student. My dream as not only a current college student, but also a future educator is to help put in place resources to help students who are often overlooked to succeed. I have learned how important it is to know that you have someone who believes in you, who wants to see you achieve your goals, and will be there along the way if you need help or motivation.

Jada Rogers

Jada Rogers

My name is Jada Rogers,  pronouns she, her, I am a Senior here this year at WWU, this my third year and final year! I am a part of Fairhaven College, majoring in Interdisciplinary Concentration and minoring in Education Social & Justice. This my first year being a peer mentor for  DRR and FWS, I am very excited to be part of the program. My lifelong dream is to help Black and Brown folks succeed in life and support them any way I can in this unjustly systemic and institutional empire we call America. Marginalized folks have always been left behind and  I feel like one important part of abolishing that cycle is to help them through the education and law system, especially Higher Education if they choose that pathway. 

My Dream: To help support freshmen navigate their first year of college, especially it being virtual. I feel like being a part of the FWS peer mentor program is a great way for me to start to see my dream become reality for Freshmen and my journey as well!

Sara Ronen

Sara Ronen

Hi, my name is Sara (she/her/hers pronouns) and I am excited to be a Woodring DRR Program Coordinator this year! I am in the Elementary Education: Language, Literacy, and Culture major and am starting my student teaching this winter quarter. I am currently up in Bellingham enjoying the view of the mountains and the bay, spending any time I am not in class cooking and watching Netflix. Even though COVID-19 has made this year look a lot different than usual, I am so looking forward to meeting new people and connecting as much as we can over Zoom and social media. I am passionate about my future career as a teacher and am so happy to get the opportunity to support any of you in finding your career path.

waverly shreffler

Waverly Shreffler

Hello everyone. My name is Wavey (Waverly) Shreffler and I use she/her pronouns. I recently graduated from Western with a BA in Environmental Education in June. I am excited to be a Peer Mentor this coming year while I finish my teaching endorsement credits and hopefully begin the Master in Teaching Program.

Like many children lucky enough to grow up near the Salish Sea, the outdoors is a treasured and formative part of my identity. I am from the small town of Sequim, WA, the traditional land of the S’Klallam people. In college, I became passionate about environmental social justice, outdoor accessibility, and Coast Salish history – which I hope to continue studying during my Master’s.

Having good leaders and mentors is so important during these challenging times. I am grateful to be a part of the Woodring DR&R community and hope I can be a resource and friend to you all

Jessica and her dog

Jessica Street

I am a first-generation college student from a Latino, working-class family in the small conservative town of Chehalis, WA. I chose Western to be around people more open-minded than those in my home town.  My father was a wonderful leader and guided me through student government and by the time I was a senior I was Student Body President. Throughout my leadership experience, I learned that I loved the school environment! Now, I am at Western pursuing Science Education. I was a Future Woodring Scholar last year and I learned so much about myself and the world around me. This has made me more passionate about supporting and lifting up those who have similar and different identities than me.

Casey Tokita

Casey Tokita

I was a Future Woodring Scholar and FACET Scholar – experiences in those programs have guided me to major in Sociology with a minor in Education Social Justice. I had always wanted to be an Elementary/Middle School teacher, but I started learning about systemic inequality in our school systems and was called towards that work instead. The work I’ve done at WWU has led me to ask the same questions about my community back home in Hawaii. I plan to pursue a graduate degree in Sociology to investigate inequality in Hawaii’s schools and I want to partner with those doing the work to make education a liberatory practice.

I’m passionate about the FWS program because without it I might not have been challenged to develop the critical consciousness necessary to ask the tough questions and create positive change. Being a peer mentor to our amazing Future Woodring Scholars and working with brilliant DRR staff is a way I’m growing as an agent of change and making connections with those equally committed to social justice

Susanna Williams

Susanna Williams

My name is Susanna Williams and I am the AmeriCorps member in Daisy's office for the academic year. I am going to be overseeing College Access and Program Development Coordination. I am originally from Skagit Valley (Mount Vernon High School, go bulldogs!) and did the running start program through Skagit Valley College. After Skagit, I transferred to Whitman College where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Sociology.

In addition to working in Daisy's office, I am also working on my TEFL certification to teach English abroad after my time at Western is done, and I hope to pursue a graduate degree down the line, whether that be focused on prison education, social service, or higher education

 

 

Renee Zavala

Renee' Zavala

Hi my name is Renee’ Zavala (She/Hers), and I am a first-generation Latinx college student and a program coordinator for DRR. I have southern roots from Beaumont Texas and grew up in Ferndale Washington. I’m majoring in Human Services. I transferred from Whatcom Community College to CWU and now I am a senior here at WWU. In the past I have worked for the Ferndale school district as an ELL Para-educator and an AmeriCorps member at the Bellingham school district. I enjoy volunteering my time to Futures Northwest, mentoring, and helping students further their education. After I graduate I would like to further my education and obtain a Master's here at Western. 

Fun fact about me: I have been a licensed cosmetologist for 14 years and have worked for many local film and theatre productions and commercials from HankCrank, WCC to the Bellingham Theatre Guild. I have done hair and make-up, acting and costuming designing for them as well.

Shannon

Shannon Sandberg

My name is Shannon (she/her) and I am from Albuquerque, NM. I am in my fourth year at Western and am studying Elementary Education and Sociology. I have loved learning about how schools operate and feel privileged that part of my teacher education journey has exposed me to learning about power structures. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher and believe that the school house has the potential to be a place of hope and resilience. I am so excited to be a program development coordinator and work with my team to provide spaces for current/future Wooding students can get support and find connection.

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘what about lunch?’” - Winnie the Pooh