Penn GSE Career Paths

Discovering a passion through research opportunities

Amanda Haber

Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development M.S.Ed., 2018

Through the opportunities I had at Penn GSE, I was not only able to critically think about child development from different perspectives, but I also had the opportunity to grow as a researcher, student, and mentor.

An interdisciplinary approach

Qi Chen

Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development M.S.Ed., 2019

When I looked at the program of study and the curriculum offered by Penn GSE, I felt it was a great match for me, especially the concept of interdisciplinary approaches that incorporate insights, knowledge, and information from other field and majors.

Finding balance between theory and the real world

Megan Stutesman

Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development M.S.Ed., 2019

Hands on research in mental health

Daphney Gaston

Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development M.S.Ed., 2019

My time as a graduate student allowed me to conduct research with ISHD professors and researchers at Penn Center for Mental Health. Through these hands-on experiences, I was able to envision myself doing research in human development full time.

Bridging the Digital Divide Through Counseling

Angela Cleveland, GED’01

Penn GSE alumna Angela Cleveland, GED’01, is helping school counselors broaden student participation in computer science. We spoke with her to learn more about her journey and her dedication to bridging the digital divide.

Angela Cleveland, GED’01

Bringing the Penn Literacy Network to China and Western Canada

Shuai (Michelle) Shen, GED’08

Shuai (Michelle) Shen, GED’08, is an educational consultant based in Vancouver, Canada. We sat down with her to discuss how her work for the Penn Literacy Network (PLN) at Penn GSE is bringing practical, evidence-based professional development to teachers in China and beyond.

Shuai (Michelle) Shen, GED’08

Keeping a Community Inspired

Navin Valrani, W’93, GED’18


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Collaborating to Meet Students’ Needs

Megan Tribble, GED’11


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Examining Education, Culture, and Context

Sydney Negus, GED’17

Sydney Negus, GED’17, spends much of her workday conduct­ing research and evaluating pro­grams in a diverse school district where more than one hundred different languages are spoken at home by students.

Sydney Negus, GED’17