Hello! Being first generation to attend college, I struggled a lot and needed many campus resources, specifically a tutor, to get me through the experience, which is what makes me excited to work with the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Erichment (CLUE) and Academic Support Programs. CLUE is a fabulous resource for students to get support in their courses and in the general college experience as well. The academic achievement courses ASP staff teach will also allow you to learn to be an independent learner and work with a mentor as well. With so much support here for you at UW you are bound to be even more successful. Take advantage of all the help and resources out there. You only get one chance to be an undergrad so do it right!
I moved to Seattle from Arizona, where I was raised. I am originally from Eritrea, East Africa (was born in Sudan) and moved to Phoenix, at the age of 2. After high school I moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University (NAU). I received both my BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology and my Masters in Education Psychology from NAU. I also worked at NAU as an Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator for four years helping students be academically successful within a TRIO program.
I like to volunteer, learn from and empower young adults, travel, listen to music and dance, love watching the performing arts, meeting new people, and I love learning new things, especially about culture and peoples' experiences. I have a huge family and friends all over the world so I spend a lot of time with them or talking to them. I am married and have a daughter that takes up most of my time now. I like reading and watching movies and I LOVE food, especially good food. I like to bake and am learning to cook more but love trying new recipes.
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Hi there! I was born and raised in Eastern Washington before moving to our lovely Emerald City to study at the University of Washington. The UW was big, but I was lucky to have friendly professors and inviting programs that made me feel connected and at home. For me that is a great goal for us in Academic Support Programs: to make every student feel supported and at home.
I loved my undergraduate experience, where I studied English and the Comparative History of Ideas, and decided to continue my studies. In graduate school, I spent a lot of time thinking about how American universities can better welcome a diverse student population and offer classes that reflect an equally diverse curriculum. Graduate school was difficult, but truly rewarding. In 2008 I received my PhD in the English Department at the UW.
Over the years I have studied in Italy and Spain and taught for two years at a large public university in Southern Morocco. As I know how exhilarating, mind-opening and challenging it can be to live and learn in a country and culture that is not your own, I am grateful to be part of a team in Academic Support Programs committed to helping our students from all corners of the world succeed.
Outside of school I love playing and listening to all kinds of music (I’m a drummer), checking out art, cooking, and getting into the beautiful Washington State out-of-doors. I love hanging with my family and friends. After seeing some amazing parts of the world, I can say that Seattle is one of my favorite places to be.
Please come visit me in ASP and let me know how I can help you at the University of Washington!
Growing up, I was always taught the importance of education and was encouraged to get a post-secondary degree. However as a teacher, I realized that not all students receive the same type of support and encouragement. I honestly believe that with a little extra help and support, every student can be successful in college.
I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and in 2014 I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with a Bachelor of Arts in English. I was fortunate enough to land a job as a high school English teacher. While working with my students, I realized that there needs to be a stronger support system for students as they transition into college. This lead to my search for a master’s program that focused on student support in college and ultimately my move to Seattle.
While attending graduate school here at UW, I worked as an academic advisor at Seattle Central College advising a wide range of students on a daily basis. I graduated with my M.Ed. in 2017, and I am excited to be back on campus as part of Academic Support Programs.
Fun Facts: I love to travel, read, cook/bake, watch sports, and hang out with my friends and family.
Please stop by, and let me know what I can do to help you here at the University of Washington.
Hi! My name is Kassandra Franco, I go by Kassy, and I am one of CLUE's FDMs! I have lived in Seattle since I was 12, and before that I was in Laoag City, Philippines. I am majoring in Informatics, and hope to someday work in designing for digital wellness. In my free time, I like to read books, watch Bojack Horseman and/or the Office and/or Friends, and try different foods (my favorite, though is probably Eritrean food, specifically injera, shiro, and hard boiled eggs!).