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Student Profiles: Brianna Baker, C'2016
Bonner Scholar Works to Improve Schools in Tampa, Florida 

Bonner Scholar Brianna Baker, C’ 2016, spent her 2014 summer in sunny Tampa, Florida, working with Hillsborough County Public Schools as a summer improvement intern.  Baker’s responsibilities included learning the grant-making process from collecting assessment data to writing, implementing and evaluating the grant; learning how the process connects to school reform to make a difference for students in poverty; and working with the director of Reform for Title I schools, school administration, and supervisor of Federal Program Evaluation.

The political science major, whose concentration includes urban studies and public administration, also assists in writing and coordinating components of school improvement grants. In partnership with the Shepherd Education Higher Consortium on Poverty at Washington & Lee University, the program is designed to improve the academic achievement of low-performing schools. Baker hopes to marry her passion for working with children by becoming a chief judge in the juvenile justice system.

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