“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." -Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
Andrew first found his passion for teaching by tutoring middle school students at the beginning of his high school career. His passion for teaching grew from there to a more comprehensive goal of meeting all of a students' needs. He came to understand, as Project Rousseau now tells its students and extended community, that academic problems rarely have academic causes. Beyond the classroom, he was eager to expose students to all of the knowledges, qualities, and skill sets- altruism and compassion for others, cultural awareness and exposure, self-confidence, study skills, etc. - that he feels are most important. Project Rousseau has grown out of these desires, and he continues to be inspired by the progress of our students.
Andrew holds degrees from Columbia University and Oxford University.
Beth Thorne - Chief of Staff
"There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience" Archibald MacLeish
Beth first joined Project Rousseau as part of the 2015 Oxford summer internship. She was immediately drawn to the internship because it presented her with the opportunity to use her organization skills to make a difference and address educational inequality. Beth now focuses on our Broadening Horizons and Community Service pillars as she feels particularly strongly that these elements are key to our students' development.
Beth recently graduated from Oxford University (BA Human Sciences) and in the future she hopes to have an impact in the education sector. Beth is a huge sports fanatic - she played varsity cricket, captained the college hockey team and also played netball, Eton fives and tennis.
Alycia Bouchard - Program Director
“There is reason to believe that people everywhere can lift themselves up, but they have to be given tools to do so. We can only open doors so that they can walk through them.” - Jacqueline Novogratz
Having spent many summers as a camp counselor, Alycia was excited by the opportunity to continue working with youth when a Project Rousseau chapter started at Vanderbilt in 2014. She was inspired by the way Project Rousseau was opening doors for its students with its multitude of programs, and became a proud mentor and later, chapter president.
Alycia graduated from Vanderbilt University with majors in Political Science and Human and Organizational Development. On campus, she was also involved in Vanderbilt Social Ventures and served on the executive board of her sorority. Alycia is particularly interested in comparative and international education and is a firm believer in the power of education as a force of positive change in communities across the globe.
Sam Cordner - Student Support Coordinator
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
Sam is a rising junior at Columbia University majoring in Political Science and French.
After meeting Andrew early in his freshmen year Sam was keen to get further involved with Project Rousseau. Since then, Sam has worked with us as an intern both during the summer and academic year. Sam has been extensively involved in supporting individual students, including those who are returning to education or undergoing particularly difficult personal circumstances.
Sam is an alum of the Sutton Trust US Program and a member of the Columbia University cycling team and Columbia Pops Orchestra.
Alejandro Zarate - Regional Director
"My desire to help stems from the idea that true progress only occurs when we all grow and learn together."
Alejandro first joined Project Rousseau in the spring of 2013 as Chapter President of The City College Chapter in New York City. Having such a unique ability to connect to our students and motivate our volunteers we begged him to stay with us and join our team as a Regional Director. Alejandro now manages 5 of our Chapters.
Alejandro holds a degree from The City College of New York having majored in Biology and minoring in Theatre. He is working towards becoming a health professional, catering to the needs of an ageing population. As an undergraduate, he was a first responder in CCNY's volunteer EMS squad. He also held a leadership position in the Golden Key Honors Society chapter.
Cecilia Rossi - Director of New Chapter Development
"I was drawn to Project Rousseau because, as a college student, I felt obligated to allow others the same opportunities that I was lucky to have, and Project Rousseau does just that."
Cecilia first joined Project Rousseau as a Chapter President at George Washington University in 2015. She has since become Director of New Chapter Development as well. She is majoring in Biology and has been accepted to GWU Medical School. She is currently a research assistant in the Biology Department at GWU and a Teaching Assistant for the Chemistry Department.
She enjoys helping students learn - both at GW and throughout Washington, DC with Project Rousseau. Education is something she hopes to continue being involved in even as a physician and she currently combines her STEM interests with education by participating in the GWTeach Program which gives her the opportunity to teach in DC Public Schools and study STEM education.
Anoosha Moturu - Regional Director
"Project Rousseau's focus on a holistic approach to mentorship is what really resonates with me because I believe that experiential learning through special events can create some of the most deep-set and memorable learning environments."
Anoosha joined Project Rousseau in 2014 as Chapter President for Rice University. She is a Cognitive Sciences major and plans to go on to medical school to become a physician. She is also involved in the Classical Indian dance group and an acapella group on campus.
Serena Shah - Volunteer Consultant
“How is knowledge power, when you have to have money to get an education?” Project Rousseau student
Serena was incredibly impressed and inspired by Project Rousseau’s work, having been involved in tutoring, access and outreach work throughout school and university. When she was studying abroad at Princeton for a year, she got involved with the Petey Greene Program, tutoring incarcerated students and it became one of the things she missed most when she returned to the UK. It left her wanting to continue working towards addressing educational inequality and social mobility.
Serena recently graduated from Oxford University (MEng Engineering Science) and spent her time at university involved with Engineers Without Borders, volunteering, playing lacrosse and doing yoga.
Anna Danielewicz - Gap Year Fellow
“ So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where to go from there.” - Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Anna first learned about the work of Project Rousseau through the extensive Global Citizenship Program at her high school in Copenhagen, from which she graduated in Math and Physics. Outside of school, Anna has actively been volunteering for a Danish organisation educationally supporting young people and minorities around the world. Both being a part of the Global Citizenship Program and through her voluntary work, she has opened her eyes to the increasing need and importance of an educated and globally aware youth.
When Anna returns to Copenhagen she wishes to begin her bachelor in Political Science, with an international focus.