Self-motivated student with practical experience in creating and delivering innovative STEM seminars to adult educators as well as middle and high school students. Creative problem solver. Excellent written skills.
“I was Kelly’s mentor for five years. Kelly was one of the first students to join what become the STEM Impressionists Program (SIP) and her contribution to our team is sorely missed. While a member of SIP Kelly demonstrated a strong commitment to STEM. In my position as an after–school STEM coordinator and then as the Founder and CEO of the SIP, Kelly was the person that I could depend on to complete a requested task first and with distinction. Her skills as a strong writer were always impressive as were her cogent scholastic skills. I watched Kelly grow with our organization. As a student educator Kelly was always patient, thorough, and effective when she taught students, adult or K12, STEM skills. She took the initiative to attend STEM events in the local area and update others about what she had learned.”
“Are you interested in writing a research paper for a science competition?” A teacher I’ve never met asks me. Winning that competition taught me the payoff of taking risks, of saying “yes”. I joined SIP immediately after that. Growing up a girly girl, I never felt comfortable pursuing technology classes or activities. Mx. DeHart helped me find my inner engineer as I discovered my passion for computer science. It wasn’t just for boys, it was for me.
Since I joined, I chose SIP everyday when I committed my weekends planning an engineering workshop for 5th grade students in our community, when I designed curriculum for a computer science camp I helped teach at and when I interned for a startup company where Mx. DeHart taught me the importance of building the right company culture. Every step of the way, she made sure I wasn’t alone. Providing me with resources to learn how to show up as my best self, Mx. DeHart made sure I was prepared for every endeavor I embarked on.
When I was applying to my dream school, I was drowning in imposter syndrome. The writing process was hard and she spent weeks giving me feedback on every draft I wrote. She not only knew about my experiences, she knew me too. Mx. DeHart has been through all the ups and downs of my life since we met in middle school. She helped me show up in my writing as my most authentic self. Without her help, I wouldn’t be joining Yale’s class of 2025 next fall.
Her commitment to my excellence has propelled me from the studious girl I was into the trailblazer I’m becoming. She invested countless hours of counsel in me. In turn, I give back everything I learn through SIP, back to students who look like me. Her mentorship changed my life. Her devotion to me has guided me in establishing a vision for my future and my contribution to the world.