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Recent Grad Earns Post-Grad Internship to Teach Abroad

A recent St. Lawrence University graduate will soon begin a 10-month post-graduate teaching internship that involves teaching migrant youths at an English-immersion school on the Burma-Myanmar-Thai border.

Jordan Pescrillo ’12 of Buffalo, New York, will begin teaching this summer at the Minmahaw Education Foundation (MEF), a nonprofit educational organization opened in 2007 to educate Burmese youth with disadvantaged backgrounds. There, she will provide instruction in a variety of topics to students ages 17 to 24.

Pescrillo graduated in 2012 from St. Lawrence with a major in global studies and a minor in educational studies. While attending St. Lawrence, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, participated in the Amnesty International and Literacy for Nepal student groups, and spent a semester abroad in Kenya. Pescrillo also worked as an intern for “The Weave,” an independent media project grounded in the University’s Department of Global Studies that is staffed by students, alumni, faculty and staff and committed to exploring underreported stories. Most recently, she has been working in as an Americorps member in Buffalo.

The post-graduate teaching internship was made possible due to the support of Sarah E. Johnson ’82, a member of St. Lawrence’s Board of Trustees.

MEF, an English-immersion school staffed entirely by volunteers, prepares Burmese students to take a high school equivalency exam so they can gain entry to university. In addition to an education, the program provides a safe location for the students to study as well as food, clothing and basic medical care.