Three Exemplary Leaders in Education
Only through education can a man become a man. The man is nothing more than what education makes him. – Immanuel Kant
In order to ensure progress in society, education is imperative. Individuals who dedicate their lives to improving their community in both small scales and large scales should be acknowledged and applauded for their efforts. It takes a certain kind of person to be both brave and strong enough to be a leading independent thinker. Here’s a list of five current innovators who continuously strive to provide, increase, and improve high-quality educational opportunities in order to ensure a better future for generations to come.
Rebecca is the co-founder of LearnLux, a learning platform that helps you obtain personal finance skills through online learning tools. A 2015 Clark University graduate, Rebecca noticed that a crucial skillset needed in every person’s adult life, personal finance, was not being taught in schools, college, or anywhere for that matter. Rebecca honed in on this educational gap and took it upon herself to build a company that teaches everything from basic banking, to investing, compound interest, etc. and prepares young adults for a responsible, better informed financial status.
Heejae, a Standford 2015 MBA graduate, is the founder of Talking Points. She built this two-way, multilingual texting platform with the belief that parent engagement is key to closing the achievement gap in K-12 education. The goal is to connect teachers, students, and parents with one another and consequently help parents truly witness how their support goes a long way with their children, even when they may lack the time or the resources. Hence, parents, not just teachers, end up promoting a healthy cycle of support for their children. Education is brought to the forefront as being a crucial and irreplaceable factor in the wellbeing of their kids.
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca
DREAMer’s Road Map is Sarahi’s successful attempt to create a mobile app that helps undocumented students find money to go to college. Being a DREAMer herself, she knows how difficult it is for undocumented and DACA students to find scholarships. Many undocumented, low-income students are usually discouraged from trying to obtain a higher education, and one of the main reasons is because of the lack of financial resources, scholarships and grants readily available to them. Instead of continuing to allow thousands, if not millions, of undocumented students to waste their great potential, Sarahi is making a difference by guiding them to places where they can actually get the financial help they need and continue to develop themselves as competitive and fruitful professionals.