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Madison Helmick is finishing up her Masters of Arts in Public Policy in the School of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Delaware. She moved to Philadelphia last year to be more involved with her improv comedy team, Windows 98. Madison has a background in youth development and was the Assistant Director of Camp Dark Waters in 2015. She thinks that BODOG is a fantastic, forward-thinking organization that helps Philadelphia youth explore their passions in a constructive and dynamic way. She is more than excited to be involved this summer.

 

 

Brianne Connelly is originally from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She has spent the past 10 years in rural Arkansas and Mississippi as a middle school Art teacher and manager of a nonprofit youth after school and summer program. Brianne is currently a graduate student in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University. She chose to become involved with BODOG because she wanted to expand her involvement in youth programs in the Boston area. Brianne says: " I especially likes that the students focus on not just creating any business, but one that makes their community better. I look forward to working with you!"

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Jennifer Beebe Poulos is a counselor at McCall Elementary School in Philadelphia.  She has worked in the Philadelphia School District for nine years after receiving her BFA in Media Arts (Photography) and Art Psychotherapy.  She also has a MEd in Counseling Psychology.  She loves the energy and vibrancy of children.  Her passion is working with local families and providing resources that enhance child development, while supporting positive self-esteem.  Jen is interested in The Business of Doing Good because the program gives kids the opportunity to build character and grit.  She says that "while parents often want to know the IQ of their children, it is determination coupled with hard work that distinguishes one child from another. This program exposes kids to some amazing people and helps develop those qualities."

Meaghan Sloup, also our Curriculum Developer, taught middle and high school social studies for ten years, gaining valuable classroom experience and strengthening her passion for education.  She now works freelance for a number of educational publishing companies, creating products for classroom use and writing curriculum.  Meaghan is currently working toward a Masters in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and designs the curriculum for our program.  Her published work includes Activities for Current Events and “Farce”book Activities Booklet. (2014 Teacher’s Discovery)  She strongly believes in the mission of our work and is thrilled to be a part of The Business of Doing Good!

Laura Valdmanis is a fourth grade teacher at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. She has spent the past five years immersing herself in the field of education in various settings including within schools, nonprofits, summer programs, and with global partnerships in Boston, Latvia, and Philadelphia. Prior to joining Penn Charter, she spent a year in Latvia on a Fulbright Fellowship where she taught and carried out a digital storytelling project at a high school and university in the Baltic Sea coast city of Liepaja. While there, she not only had the opportunity to work with students of different grade levels and backgrounds, but she also immersed herself in her local community by connecting with a craft house and, in turn, learning the Latvian language, traditional weaving, and jewelry making. Prior to her experience abroad, Laura worked as an assistant fifth grade teacher at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Before moving to Philadelphia she served as a reading coordinator through AmeriCorps with Generations Incorporated in Boston, MA and also took part in the Shady Hill School Teacher Training Program in Cambridge, MA where she received her M.Ed in elementary education in connection with Lesley University. Laura enjoys working with kids, exploring new neighborhoods, cooking, and working creatively. She's excited to join the Business of Doing Good this summer and to support the ideas and creativity that the students will bring.