Sam Grabelle
Sam Grabelle
Sam Grabelle
While my CV provides a pretty comprehensive view of who I am and what I've
done, there is, of course, more to me than just a list of my work experiences.

I was born in Red Bank, New Jersey and grew up next door in Tinton Falls. I
graduated from Monmouth Regional High School where I was involved in a
variety of activities, including serving as president of Students Against Drunk
Driving, editor of the school's literary magazine, and goalkeeper for the
varsity girls' soccer team. I worked part-time throughout high school and spent
every summer in the Poconos as a camper then counselor at Camp
Speers-Eljabar YMCA.

I started college at Boston University as an advertising major hoping to work
for the Ad Council. I later learned that those who make those fantastic
non-profit ads don't actually work at the Ad Council but, instead, at for-profit
agencies doing pro bono work. So, I changed my major to Education, later
transferring to Brown University to focus on Multicultural Education. My
interest in multicultural issues was particularly inspired by my experiences as a
Big Sister for a 6-year-old Pakistani immigrant, and a research project I did on  
the efficacy of two-way bilingual programs for kindergarteners. During the
year in between schools, I waited tables, interned in the Immigrant Student
Project at the National Coalition of Advocates for Students, and gave the Make
Way for Ducklings tours of the Boston State House and surrounding area for
elementary school students.

The first time I lived in Providence, while a student at Brown, I co-founded  
the Providence Poetry Slam at AS220 and started the weekly Spoken Word  
poetry series (that lasted after my four-year leadership another ten years).  
After moving away from Providence, I enrolled at the University of
Connecticut School of Social Work in West Hartford where I majored in
Community Organization and minored in Group Work. While at the school, I
started the Student Support program, providing individual and group tutoring
services for my fellow students, including those referred to me by the
Department of Disability Services.

In 2001, I moved back to Providence to work with the Met Schools and The Big
Picture Company, helping to run and create schools focused on educating one
student at a time. See the rest of this website to learn what I've been doing
since then.

My husband, Gary, and I live on the East Side with our son, Julius, and my
step-son, Dylan.
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