Kiara Batista joined Discovering Justice in July 2022. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her B.A. in Legal Studies and Portuguese with a Certificate in Translating and Interpreting for Portuguese. Prior to joining Discovering Justice, Kiara was the Program Coordinator for the Nelson & Lindsay Fellowship Programs here at the Moakley Courthouse. Kiara is really passionate about civic education, language accessibility, and legal advocacy. She is really excited to lead tours at the Moakley Courthouse, facilitate field trips, as well as put on engaging Courthouse events for the public!
Vince is a 3rd-year student studying Environmental Studies and Political Science at Northeastern University. He is a member of Northeastern Mock Trial and is looking forward to using his knowledge of mock trial , education , and Google Workplace to effectively work with the Discovering Justice team. He also looks forward to to the fellowship to learn more and help create a positive law learning experience for students.
Victoria Suri earned a B.A. in elementary education and the University of Kentucky and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on instructional technology at the University of Virginia. She previously spent 6 years as an elementary educator with experience in social-emotional and inquiry-based learning experiences. As the K-5 Curriculum Developer, she supports teachers in creating meaningful and valuable learning experiences that develop knowledgeable and effective student advocates. Victoria enjoys problem-solving for impactful and accessible learning experiences that will promote justice ideals and foster the spirit of student change-makers.
Laura Brenner joined Discovering Justice in August 2019 after a seven year career as an elementary school teacher and instructional leader in Boston. She is a graduate of Simmons University, where she earned her Bachelors in Psychology and her Masters in Teaching. Most recently, she graduated from UPenn Graduate School of Education with her Masters in School Leadership and a principal certificate while spending a year as principal intern in Cambridge. While Laura has been a non profit leader for the last three years, central to everything she does are students and the belief that with authentic, collaborative relationships and a reflective, responsive, innovative approach to instruction and curriculum, public education is a pathway towards liberation for all students, and to a more just and equitable world. Laura enjoys problem solving with teachers and district leaders, facilitating professional development and designing engaging educational opportunities that build elementary students’ civic identities, critical skills, and global awareness.
Malia graduated from Whitman College with a Politics degree. She brings a varied background teaching and mentoring elementary school students in Walla Walla, WA, assisting behind the scenes of a Cambodia-based nonprofit, and guiding her peers through career advising. As an Outreach and Recruitment Senior Associate, she enjoys building connections across the Commonwealth and expanding access to Discovering Justice’s civic education programs.
Catherine is currently a Junior at Northeastern University where she is pursuing a major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, along with a minor in Law and Public Policy. She was born and raised in Montclair, NJ. She spent her first semester abroad at Northeastern University London. In addition to her studies, Catherine has supported the University by serving as a Summer Ambassador, Teaching Assistant (Connections and Decisions), and NU Bound Mentor. She is excited to join Discovering Justice as the Courthouse Programs Fellow!
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