U.S. Grant is pleased to introduce our 2021 teaching staff, who will work with the co-directors to execute wonderful virtual academic enrichment programming this summer!

Leo Lehrer-Small

Leo is a rising junior from Jericho, Vermont studying history. At Yale he plays for the Ultimate Frisbee team and tutors with the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project. He enjoys basketball and will root for whichever team Lebron is on. He also loves baking and cooking, and spent this past year working at a Georgian bakery in Seattle. He spends most of his free time outside attempting to exercise or watching food videos on Instagram. He also loves ping-pong, listening to stories, and hiking/exploring the outdoors. This will be his third summer teaching for U.S. Grant and he is coming back because he loves and misses all of the students who make the Grant community so wonderful!

Akweley Mazarae Lartey

Hi! I’m Akweley Mazarae (he/him/his) and I am a rising junior and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major at Yale. Originally from the Greater Philadelphia Area, and raised by my Ghanian family, I have an extreme love for chocolate. I love reading and writing poetry, making playlists, and playing old-school computer games like Minesweeper. My passion for education stems from my experiences as a Black and disabled student in a low-income school district. I am super excited to empower New Haven youth and educate them about Black history from an intersectional disabled and queer lens!

Eamon Goucher

Hello, my name is Eamon! I use he/him pronouns and I’m a junior at Yale studying biology and education studies. I’m originally from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, a small suburb of Philadelphia, and I have two older siblings. Outside of school, I sing in an a cappella group, I write for the science magazine, and I like making music with friends. Something that not a lot of people know about me is that I love surfing. Over quarantine I got pretty into playing piano, running, and playing video games. Recently I’ve started reading for fun, but only cool stuff like poetry and books on education. I’m really excited to meet you all, hear about your interests, and learn with you this summer!

Chidima Anekwe

Hi! My name is Chidima and I’m a rising sophomore at Yale and prospective English major. I am a huge lover of books and creative writing and hope to write children’s novels one day. I also adore all things musical theater. I’m acting in a show at Yale this spring that I am super excited about—a murder mystery, one of my favorite genres! Aside from theater, I am a staff writer for several publications at Yale including the Record, the world’s oldest humor magazine, and DOWN, a contemporary BIPOC-centered webzine. When not writing pieces or practicing lines, you can find me creating oddly specific Spotify playlists, coercing my friends into Harry Potter movie marathons, or trying to play songs on the ukulele that really weren’t meant for the instrument.

Melquisedec Lozano 

Hi, my name is Melquisedec but I also go by Melqui,  Milky Way, or anything that you want to call me. I am from Mesa, Arizona and am a junior at Yale majoring in music. I have an older brother and two sisters, one older and one younger than me. My parents are from Colombia and Mexico, so I also speak Spanish. At Yale I participated in two a capella groups during my first two years and volunteer with a couple community-based organizations. I’ve also worked with New Haven Reads tutoring kids in literacy. I like to listen to music (show me your favorite songs or artists!), watch movies and TV shows, swim, experiment with cooking, and lots of other things. My mission in life is to empower others by first finding that power within myself. I hope that comes through in my teaching, and I’m excited to get to know you!