Tamyra (Tammy) Hunt is the Program Coordinator for the Rutgers University Future Scholars Program under Administrative Director for the Center of Children and Childhood Studies, Nyeema Watson. Tammy graduated from Seton Hall University with a BS in Marketing and Psychology and from Lesley University with a MS Ed with a focus on curriculum and out of school time development. Prior to joining Rutgers, Tammy worked for Merrill Lynch as an analyst in their advertising group. Identifying an opportunity to get more involved in the community, Tammy volunteered her time to lead and redesign a pre college initiative for 50 business-minded students in Ewing and Trenton, NJ called Merrill Lynch Career Academy. Following her passion, Tammy shifted career paths and left Merrill Lynch to join Citizen Schools where she launched the first year of the extended learning time program at First Avenue School in Newark, NJ. In the first year she supported all academic and curriculum development for the campus and concluded her service by spearheading Citizen Schools New Jersey’s first Pre-High School program in which over 90% of her students were accepted to and are attending high schools with an 80% or higher college matriculation rate. Tammy’s enthusiasm lies in successful student transitions and will work to position the program to support and further the University’s goal of transitioning 500 scholars into the Rutgers University community.
Program Coordinator, Rutgers-Camden Future Scholars Program
Nyeema C. Watson is the Administrative Director for the Center of Children and Childhood Studies, where she also oversees the Rutgers-Camden Future Scholars Program as Campus Leader. Nyeema graduated from Rutgers University–Camden with a BA in Afro-American Studies and Psychology, and from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education with an M.S.Ed in Psychological Studies. Nyeema began her career as a counselor at the University of Pennsylvania and then shifted her career focus to education policy at the New Jersey Department of Education. At the Department, Nyeema was responsible for state and federal grants and program management, research and policy analysis. She also acted as the program officer who oversaw the implementation of the 21 st Century Community Learning Centers Program, a $12.75 million dollar funded program through the No Child Left Behind Act, that provides funds throughout the country to support expanded academic enrichment opportunities during out-of-school time hours for children attending low-performing schools.
In February 2005, Ms. Watson was appointed to the Camden City Board of Education by Acting Governor Richard Codey and then re-appointed to the Board by Governor Jon Corzine (April 2006 - April 2009). She was elected as Vice-President of the Board and served as the Curriculum Committee Chair.
Claire K. Bogan
Program Assistant, Rutgers-Camden Future Scholars Program
Claire Bogan is a Psychology major at Rutgers-Camden in her final semester. She began her college education at Emerson College in Boston where she was the Editor of Stork Magazine, an Americorps’ Jumpstart Volunteer Corps Member, and performance poet and contributor to the Emerson College Poetry Project and the Cantab Lounge, amongst other activities. More recently she has served as a Teaching Intern and Administrative Committee member for the Breakthrough Collaborative of Philadelphia, and an intern at Mighty Writers (a non-profit, community-based writing center in South Philadelphia) helping to launch their afterschool program and leading workshops. Claire was recently award the Psychology Department award for Public Service. As a program assistant, Claire hopes to identify and implement new ways to strengthen our scholars’ readiness for success in higher education.
Raelea L. Webster is a junior Psychology major at Rutgers Camden. Upon graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a career as a clinician for adolescents. Throughout her academic career she has had the opportunity to work with both children and adolescents in her community. For three years she was a counselor for a community drama camp in where she guided children to find their hidden natural talents for theater. She feels honored to uphold the roles as program assistant, tutor, and at times, mentor for the Rutgers Future Scholars program. She claims that it is the scholars’ stories and dedication to work that inspires her each day to accomplish her own goals.
Karie McGuire is a recent Public Health graduate from Rutgers - New Brunswick. Originally from Frederick, Maryland she joins the Rutgers Future Scholars team as a Rutgers- School of Social Work AmeriCorps member. The focus of her service is on healthy futures for Camden, which includes healthy eating and exercise. This past summer she led a hiking and backpacking class with Dr. Dan Hart for the future scholars. Her interests in college were health education, sexual health education and volunteering in the community at various different organizations. In the coming years she hopes to go to graduate school for social work or public health, and hopes to have the more opportunities to travel.
Arden K. Walker Program Assistant
Arden Walker is a Senior at Moorestown High School. She plans to attend the University of Cape Town in South Africa for her undergraduate degree in 2013 with a focus in international politics and economics. Arden has worked on Capitol Hill as an intern to focus on her passion for politics. She has worked with the Rutgers Camden Community since she was a child and feels very closely connected with the campus. For Arden, the Future Scholars Program has allowed her to grow professionally and also has sparked a love for giving back to the community.
Athena Torres Intern
Athena Torres is a Junior at Brimm Medical Arts High School. She plans to attend Rutgers University-Camden or New Brunswick in fall of 2013. Athena is a Rutgers Future Scholar in Camden. Born and raised in Camden, Athena has always strived to make her community better. She is now interning at CCCS and says it has been the best job experience of her life.