ESP Biography



SHEILA QASEMI, ESP Teacher




Major: MCDB

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Past Classes

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Pitching and Student-Driven Action in Sprout Spring 19 (Feb. 16 - Mar. 02, 2019)
Recently, the US has observed a new recognition for student-driven activism and solutions to challenging problems adults still cannot solve. In this elective, students will work in teams to brainstorm challenges they or their fellow peers in school face. Most importantly, they will generate a solution and pitch it (like a business presentation) to the rest of the class.


Fundamentals in Entrepreneurship: BMC, Design, and Pitching in Sprout Spring 19 (Feb. 16 - Mar. 02, 2019)
Interested in entrepreneurship or business? Or simply want a unique perspective on challenges people face? This course focuses on some important skills and tools actually utilized by many entrepreneurs: the BMC, or the business model canvas, which effectively maps your business plan; human centered design thinking, which addresses the problem of engineering in a vacuum; and pitching through presenting on a hypothetical coffee startup.


Teaching Peace: Differences and Prejudice in Sprout Spring 18 (Feb. 17 - Mar. 03, 2018)
We will explore the relationships between prejudice, ignorance, intolerance and fear as well as connect them to instances of bullying in and outside of school. Students will be encouraged to brainstorm ways people are both similar and different through interactive activities like BINGO and whole-class discussions.


Peacemakers and Innovation in Splash Fall 17 (Nov. 11, 2017)
Do you see yourself as a peacemaker in your community? This course empowers students to name peacemakers in their communities and self-identify themselves as peacemakers. Additionally, students will begin identifying problems in their communities and brainstorming solutions.


The Rwandan Genocide and the World's Silence in Splash Fall 16 (Nov. 05, 2016)
The Rwandan Genocide began on April 7, 1994, and after 100 days close to a million people were murdered. In this course, we will explore the meaning of "genocide" and reflect on major examples of genocide in history. We will analyze the underlying causes of the Rwandan genocide, specifically focusing on the Hutu and Tutsi conflict. We will discover how many countries of the Western world, including the United States, remained largely silent. Finally, we will discuss how Rwandans are healing and forgiving one another twenty-two years later.


The Rwandan Genocide and the World's Silence in Sprout Fall 16 (Oct. 01 - 15, 2016)
The Rwandan Genocide began on April 7, 1994, and after 100 days close to a million people were murdered. In this course, we will explore the meaning of "genocide" and reflect on major examples of genocide in history. We will analyze the underlying causes of the Rwandan genocide, specifically focusing on the Hutu and Tutsi conflict. We will discover how many countries of the Western world, including the United States, remained largely silent. Finally, we will discuss how Rwandans are healing and forgiving one another twenty-two years later.


The Rwandan Genocide: Root Causes in Splash Spring 16 (Apr. 02, 2016)
The goal of the course is to give an overview of the facts of the Rwandan Genocide and delve deeper into the root causes of the Genocide. We will discuss the Hutu vs. Tutsi conflict and its role in the Genocide. We will look at the primary accounts of genocide through interviews with Hutus and Tutsis, and we will also discuss the UN and the West's response to the Genocide.


The Rwandan Genocide and the World's Silence in Sprout Spring 16 (Feb. 13 - 27, 2016)
The Rwandan Genocide began on April 7, 1994, and after 100 days close to a million people were murdered. In this course, we will explore the meaning of "genocide" and reflect on major examples of genocide in history. We will analyze the underlying causes of the Rwandan genocide, specifically focusing on the Hutu and Tutsi conflict. We will discover how many countries of the Western world, including the United States, remained largely silent. Finally, we will discuss how Rwandans are healing and forgiving one another twenty-two years later.