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 Katrina Benson, from Minnesota, will teach two ESL classes at REEP. She joined AmeriCorps because “I believe serving your country and community strengthens society.” A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she previously volunteered there as an ESL teacher with a community-based organization. In her free time, she likes to tap dance and play clarinet.

Kyle Huggins grew up in Prince William County and graduated from the University of Virginia. He is a facilitator of Edu-Futuro’s Emerging Leaders Program, for middle and high school students. He joined Arlington Works! to work directly with the immigrant community.



A native of Washington, D.C.,
Susan Rios also will facilitate the Emerging Leaders Program.  She is the daughter of immigrants from Paraguay and graduated from the University of Maryland. After her AmeriCorps year, Susan is considering joining the Peace Corps.


Jessica Sarles
is from San Diego and graduated from the University of Southern California.  She will teach ESL and a new Saturday computer class at REEP. She is a 2nd-year AmeriCorps member, serving last year at Mary House, a small non-profit serving refugee families in Northeast DC.

Arielle Schneck hopes to use her experience from teaching English for a year in Korea to help her teach two ESL classes for REEP. The New Jersey native graduated from Dickinson College and said she likes REEP because its students come from so many different countries.


 A native of Atlanta, Maggie Thomsen will serve as Spanish and Culture instructor for Edu-Futuro, running Spanish enrichment classes at two elementary schools in Arlington. After graduating from the University of Vermont, she taught ESL to teens in Chile for a semester. She hopes to get a master’s in education and teach in a bilingual school in the future.


Sarah Zyzanski grew up in Cleveland and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in molecular biology. She will teach ESL classes for REEP and hopes to become a physician in the future, and work in community health education.