WRITING DEPARTMENT

Sarah Yockey SARAH YOCKEY
9th Grade Writing, Writing Department Head

Hometown: Urbana, IL
School: University of Houston, Class of 2016
Fun Facts!

When I came to Houston for college, my mother said that if I came back at Christmas saying “y’all” with big hair, cowboy boots, red lipstick, or big belt buckles, I was not allowed to return to Texas. I think she was joking, but I’ve never been willing to risk it.

Alexandra Villalon ALEXANDRA VILLALON
8th Grade Writing

Hometown: Houston, TX

School: Macalester College, Class of 2016
Fun Facts!

– I love hip-hop, not just the music but the culture. My first summer at Breakthrough I taught a course on hip-hop history, culture, and community. I also choreograph hip-hop dance pieces.

– Since fourth grade, I have written my dreams in a dream journal. Not every dream makes it into the journal though. I have a scale that I grade my dreams to see if they’re worthy enough. I’m on Volume 5.

Candice Love CANDICE LOVE
8th Grade Writing

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
School: Washington University in St. Louis, Class of 2017 
Fun Facts!

– I am completely obsessed with baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals.

– I have played the cello for 10 years.

– I played football for two years in high school.

Dane Burrough DANE BURROUGH
7th Grade Writing

Hometown: Summit, NJ
School: Rice University, Class of 2016
Fun Facts!

– I made it past the online test in regular Jeopardy.

– I spent last summer abroad in Russia.

– I’m an avid follower of European soccer.

Joel Porter JOEL PORTER
7th Grade Writing

Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR
School: Claremont McKenna College, Class of 2016
Fun Facts!

– I own a Perry the Platypus onesie.

– I love cats (my friends joke that I love cats more than people).

– I played Quidditch my freshman and sophomore year of college.

Kaylen Strench KAYLEN STRENCH
9th Grade Writing

Hometown: Louisville, KY
School: Rice University, Class of 2016
Fun Facts!

– All my toes are the same length.

– I have a tattoo on my rib cage.

– I am addicted to Diet Coke.

Seana Deas SEANA DEAS
7th Grade Writing

Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA
School: Spelman College, Class of 2017
Fun Facts!I played the clarinet for eight years.

Cara Maines CARA MAINES
Writing TA

Hometown: Houston, Texas
School: St. John’s School, Class of 2016
Fun Facts!

– My favorite flavor ice cream is birthday cake.

– I have danced ballet en pointe.

– I have one pet cat named Misty.

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