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Gena Stenger
"Baltimore has been my home away from home for the past two years. It wasn’t until I participated in Collegetown LeaderShape that I learned about the serious needs of the city."
Gena Stenger
Loyola University Maryland
Hometown: Wyndmoor, PA

Gena's Story

Gena Stenger’s career goal is to be an elementary school teacher in an urban public school. When Gena observed students in a Baltimore City public school classroom, she was struck by the disparities between their educational opportunities and her own.

“As a future teacher, I want to make a change in these students’ lives, starting with improving the failing state test grades,” says Gena. Her vision for Baltimore is to give every student equal opportunities to learn. She believes that better prepared teachers can, in turn, build student confidence, enabling them to perform well academically.

Gena volunteers with Acts4Youth, a Christian, non-profit after-school program for middle-school age boys at Guildford Elementary/Middle School. She is learning more about the school system and the communities where her students live. The experience has renewed her commitment to improving student self-esteem, and “helping them find their passions and importance in life.”

Gena shares her vision with her Loyola classmates. She co-founded UNITE, Urban Needs in Teacher Education, at Loyola – the first chapter of its kind on the East Coast.