Alumni Stories

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Penn GSE welcomes news of how our alumni are educating, leading, and innovating to shape the future of education. We hope you will draw inspiration from the stories we’ve shared on Penn GSE social media and take a moment to share your work with us.

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Mark Ziegler-Thayer smiles at the camera wearing a white blazer over a gray sweater, standing in front of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building in Washington, D.C. The words “U.S. Department of Education” are mounted on the face of the building in large metal letters above Mark’s head.
August 23, 2023

Mark Ziegler-Thayer started out as a part-time kindergarten teacher’s assistant. The experience changed their life. Two master’s degrees later, they are now working to effect change at the national level in a prestigious, two-year Presidential Management Fellows program, where they hope to increase access to high-quality and equitable education for all students.

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Dean Grossman stands in the middle of six smiling Education Alumni Award winners in front of a screen with the Penn GSE logo on it.
June 20, 2023

The annual Alumni Weekend event included a panel discussion, an awards ceremony, and recognition of teachers who have served in classrooms for more than five years.

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April 3, 2023

The 2023 winners, teacher honorees and other annual award recipients will be recognized May 13 during the Celebration of Educators, alongside a panel discussion with Dean Pam Grossman.

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March 24, 2023

The mid-career alum founded Delaware College Scholars, a free college prep program to support under-resourced high school and college students. The organization has a 100 percent high school graduation rate across all the state’s 19 districts.

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Four Penn GSE students wearing Penn GSE sweatshirts in blue, gray, or white walk down a path on the Penn campus. They are smiling and laughing.
December 16, 2022

Show your school pride with T-shirts, sweatshirts, phone cases, and other Penn GSE merchandise. 

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Professor Sigal Ben-Porath seated on stage during a recent panel discussion about free speech issues. She's holding a microphone and gesturing with her hand as she answers a question from the audience.
December 13, 2022

Professors Sigal Ben-Porath and Andrea M. Kane discussed current challenges to free speech in K–12 and higher education with Dean Pam Grossman in front of alumni and friends. The challenges aren’t new, but they’re being amplified by increased polarization in our society.

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Raghu Krishnamoorthy head shot
November 18, 2022

Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Ed.D., was named director of the Graduate School of Education’s Penn Chief Learning Officer (CLO) doctoral program in June 2022. He graduated the month before from the same CLO training program.

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September 21, 2022

Two Penn GSE students share their enriching experiences as interns in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Language, Literacy & Culture
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September 13, 2022

La India Santos runs a social media profile called Flying Phirst Klass, which encourages young people to travel to less popular destinations and connect with local cultures.

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September 8, 2022

Pushups. Pullups. Sprints. Rows. Thirty students and alumni went to America’s preeminent military academy to catch up with their classmates. Along the way, they tried to catch their breath.

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