Stella was raised in downtown Missoula, Montana where she learned to appreciate small-city life as well as the breathtaking beauty of the natural world. Having spent extensive time in Central America as well as having worked alongside her father in the criminal justice system, Stella’s primary interests include education, immigration and criminal justice reform. Throughout high school Stella served as the president of her school’s student government, founded her school’s Political Union, and worked on various community service projects, including tutoring English as a second language in local elementary schools.

Stella’s passion for teaching is grounded in her childhood. Growing up with supportive parents who stressed the importance of education, inquisition, and self-reflection has molded her into the person she is today. Through tutoring, Stella hopes to help children discover their love for the process of learning, discovery, and growth which, she believes, ultimately increases a child’s sense of self worth and consequent real-world success. Stella is incredibly excited to see such growth in New Haven as local students pass through the UIC tutoring program.

At Yale, Stella recently founded Y-ESL Buddies, an ESL tutoring group that serves the needs of New Haven children. She also is also on Yale’s Mock Trial team, interns for the Yale Office of Public Affairs and Communications, serves as an intake coordinator for Volunteer Income Tax Assistants, is on staff for the Yale Lit Mag, enjoys occasionally blogging for The Politic, is a member of the Yale Democrats, participates in various activities through Yale Faith & Action, and works in her college Buttery.

Fun Fact: I didn't light a candle until my 18th birthday.