Miss Julie (Level 1 SLI) – My name is Julie Reminder and I am going into my fifth year at the Ohio State University at Newark. My selected major is social work with a minor in women’s gender and sexuality studies. I’m originally from Cleveland, OH. This is my second year with the Rockin’ Cool Freedom School. Three fun facts about me are that I’ve participated in two alternative spring break trips with Habitat for Humanity, I did stage crew for the performing arts for all four years of high school, and I’ve never broken a bone.
Miss Thao (Level 1 SLI) – I attend Denison University and major in Education & Economics. As a SLI for the first time, I look forward to taking on a new summer adventure with our bright scholars and our hard-working team of staff. Despite how bizarre 2020 has been, we are all in this together in order to make a difference in ourselves! Some fun facts about me are that I am from Vietnam and started learning English when I was about 6 years old. Therefore, I would consider myself to be bilingual. Having stayed with my host family in New Albany for more than 2 months, I really appreciate them trying their best to support and make me feel like home during this critical time. They also have a Golden Retriever named Max, who for sure is a funny and sweet buddy of mine.
Miss Makenzie (Level 2 SLI) – I attend The Ohio State University (I’m going into my Junior year). My major is Early Childhood Education. This is my second year being an SLI. I am so excited to be a part of the Rockin’ Cool Freedom School again this year! Three fun facts about me are that I play the flute, I love cats, and I have two sisters.
Miss Abigail (Level 2 SLI) – I’m Abigail Luft, a rising junior at Denison University. I’m currently studying Education and Women’s and Gender Studies. Although my true passions revolve around social action and educational equity, I most often spend my time doing yoga, chatting with my three siblings, or starting new DIY projects. I am new to the Freedom School program this year and am really excited to help scholars develop confidence in themselves and their reading abilities!
Mr. Spencer (Level 3 SLI) – I am 22 years old. My major is Computer Science and Engineering. This is my second year with Freedom School. Some fun facts about me are that I’ve played Dungeon Master/Game Master for many years across several different tabletop games, I’ve been a Resident Advisor at Ohio State for 2 years, and I enjoy painting miniature models and vehicles.
Mr. Jordan (Site Coordinator) – My name is Jordan Wolfe, and this is my 4th year with the program. I am attending Ohio Wesleyan University. I am majoring in Astrophysics, and taking a minor in philosophy. While at school I also enjoy participating in rugby and jazz band.
Miss McKi (Site Coordinator) – I have an Associate of Arts from the Florida Gulf Coast University. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science The Ohio State University. I am currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at Kent State University. This is my first year with Rockin’ Cool Freedom Schools as a Site Coordinator. I am super excited to share my passion of reading with our scholars, I struggled with reading when I was younger but I had some great teachers who helped me get better at reading and now it is one of my favorite things to do! Three fun facts about me are that I have completed two full marathons, lots of half marathons, and 5K races. I enjoy running and challenging myself! I went to Newark Catholic High School, where I ran cross country, track, and swam on the swim team. I also swam on a club team through the YMCA for many years. Now I am an Assistant Track & Field Coach at Utica High School. I love sharing my love of sports with kids of all ages. My family is really important to me. I have a fiancé named Xavier, and together we have a 5-year-old son named Camden who will be going to kindergarten next year. My parents, sister, brother-in-law, and niece live in Southern Florida and I love spending time with them at the beach. I have two dogs, a 9-month-old Cane Corso/Ridgeback/Lab mix named Jocko and a 2-year-old Pitbull/Beagle/Boxer mix named Nikita, and a 3-year-old fluffy cat named Rory.