Afterschool and summer programs for at risk children and youth

 
Building on the legacy of Greenbrier Learning Center,
out-of-school time programs for 3rd-5th grade students
at-risk of falling into the achievement gap.

Staff

Courtney C. Reeve
Executive Director

Courtney C. Reeve has worked extensively on education issues for immigrant, refugee, and underserved populations in both the US and abroad, in direct service as well as policy capacities.  Immediately prior to her position with Aspire!, Ms. Reeve served as Education Program Manager for the International Rescue Committee’s programs in Liberia, West Africa. She has directed multi-site education programs for all age groups (early childhood through adult), is an experienced English as a Second Language teacher, and has provided consulting to public charter schools. Ms. Reeve was previously on the Board of YNPNdc for which she served as Treasurer as well as the Young Executive Directors’ Roundtable liaison. She has been appointed to the Arlington County and Arlington County Public Schools’ Joint Out-of-School Time Advisory Council since 2009. Ms. Reeve received ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership’s Emerging Leader Award in 2009, was named a Judith O’Connor Scholar by BoardSource in 2010, received Honorable Mention for the EXCEL Award for Nonprofit Leadership in 2012, and was named a Leadership Arlington 40 Under 40 Honoree in 2015. Ms. Reeve has a BS in Bilingual Education from Boston University, an Ed.M. (Master of Education) from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Master’s Certificate in Global Mental Health from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. She is a member of the Leadership Arlington Class of 2010 and the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2013.

Andrea Reigle
Assistant Director

Andrea Reigle has served a variety of youth and young adult populations throughout her career in education. Most recently as an Assistant Director at The George Washington University, Mrs. Reigle was the primary advisor for all visiting students, focusing primarily on international high school through graduate level students. In that capacity she led a number of working groups to promote inclusivity, promote pathways for underserved high school students to earn college credits and create policies to assist undocumented students and students with DACA status to attend college. She has extensive program management experience, including summer programs for high school students, international students and noncredit arts students. Mrs. Reigle holds a Master of Public Policy Degree from The George Washington University where she focused on Education and Social policy.

Anna Faulkner
Program Manager

Anna Faulkner  acquired a passion for working with students in 2006 as a teacher at Bingham Academy, an international school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While teaching in Addis Ababa, she helped start a local non-profit with some of her friends and colleagues where she taught ESL, developed language-learning curriculum, and created after school programs for Ethiopian students. After a total of five years in Ethiopia, Anna moved back to the US to earn her Masters of Education in International Education Policy. She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in May of 2012 and has been working with students, in some capacity ever since.  She has also been thinking and dreaming about how to make education more meaningful, culturally appropriate, and fun for the most marginalized communities and is excited to bring these ideas to the aspire! community.

Elsa Vasquez-Flores
Learning ROCKS! Site Coordinator,
Virginia Gardens

Elsa Vasquez-Flores was promoted into her current position with Aspire! following her service with the organization as an AmeriCorps Member, where she then rose to Lead AmeriCorps Member. She has many years of experience working with children, from volunteering in a Pre-K center as a teacher's aid to traveling to Haiti to help a community in need by supporting the elementary school aged children in making a community mural and teaching them English. Ms. Vasquez-Flores interned at Voto Latino for the Vice President, Political and Field Operations, where she assisted with the America4America campaign, attended the Latin Alternative Music Conference for voter registrations, researched and coordinated efforts with fellow team members across the state. She has also worked in a summer camp for girls ages ranging from 3 to 12, where she was responsible for creating the theme and activities for 6 weeks. Elsa Vasquez-Flores graduated from Mary Baldwin College with a B.A. in political science, is a native Spanish speaker, and currently serves on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism to which she was elected in summer 2015.

Jennifer O'Brien
Learning ROCKS! Site Coordinator,
Arlington Mill Community Center

Jennifer O’Brien first came to Aspire! as part of our 2014 – 2015 AmeriCorps team before being promoted to site coordinator for the Arlington Mill site.  She has worked with at risk and refugee youth in tutoring programs in San Diego and Oregon, helped refugee youth prepare for college and career paths, and worked in the juvenile justice system in Ireland on education initiatives.  Ms. O’Brien is strongly committed to helping Aspire! students succeed, and she brings a unique perspective from the many different programs of which she has been a part. Ms. O’Brien also brings her experience with social media and public relations from her time spent at the University of Oregon, where she graduated with a Degree in Journalism and Public Relations.  She is proficient in Spanish.  

AmeriCorps Members

The Learning ROCKS! Program is also supported by the Learning Links AmeriCorps Team, which consists of 13 full-time AmeriCorps*State direct service volunteers.  Learning Links focuses on increasing capacity to better serve children each day after school in a way that is well-aligned with school priorities, strengthening the community’s stability and access to resources, and improving learning outcomes and social-emotional development of students.  The Learning Links AmeriCorps Program provides a critical link across the three main aspects of a child’s daily experience: at school; after school; and at home/ in the community.  AmeriCorps Members serve a one-year term, each contributing 1,700 hours of community service during that time. 

Arlington Mill Team

Buchanan Gardens Team

Ayanna Brown
Emily Bagdasarian
Kyle Hall
Andrew Crumpler

Parent Connection 

Julie Vrabel
Maria Ashwell

Virginia Gardens Team

Volunteer Coordination

Hajjah Muhammad
Sarah Strohminger
Claire Traveline