The DSAGSL was fortunate to have three awesome interns over the course of the summer and wanted to share a bit about each of them!
Taylor Mitchell – University of Missouri
Taylor is a senior at the University of Missouri studying Cross-Categorical Special Education. She is very passionate about the role of positive tools and supports in the classroom and behavior modeling. Taylor has been volunteering in Special Education since she was young and has a unique interest in Down syndrome because of her sister, who has a similar disability. In her free time, Taylor likes to play with her dogs Mercedes and Memphis, visit with family and cheer on her favorite St. Louis Cardinals.
Chelsey Klenke – Missouri Baptist
Chelsey grew up around Edwardsville, Illinois. She moved to St. Louis when she began college at Missouri Baptist University, where she is majoring in Psychology and Human Services. She found out about the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis through an internet search and began reading more about this awesome organization and thought it would be perfect for an internship. Chelsey says, “There are so many amazing programs that DSAGSL offers, and I knew I would be able to learn a lot from all of the staff. I plan to work at a non-profit organization when I graduate in the spring of 2015.”
Liz Hickey – St. Louis University
“My name is Liz Hickey and I interned with the DSAGSL throughout the summer. What drew me to the organization was it’s passion to help those families and individuals with Down syndrome. The programs and services the DSAGSL provides are amazing, and I was most interested in getting involved with the various programs that are offered. The work that each member of the DSAGSL does is remarkable, and I have been lucky enough and extremely grateful to be a little part of it all!” Currently, Liz is a senior at Saint Louis University studying Psychology and Sociology. She hopes to continue working within a non-profit setting. She is originally from Chicago, and loves the Cubs and Blackhawks. In free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors and reading. Deep dish pizza is her favorite, and she recommends Lou Malnati’s when you visit Chicago!