Fiona Riebeling (Trumbull 2018) is a psychology major from San Diego, California. Her main research interests include the social and cognitive development of young children, and effective, culturally-responsive early and primary school education. In her spare time, she enjoys watching reruns of “Friends” and “Law & Order: SVU,” hiking, traveling, laughing at bad puns, and eating raw cookie dough.
In the spring of 2017, Riebeling studied comparative education and social change in Santiago, Chile. She conducted independent research on multicultural education in four public elementary schools in Santiago, identifying several existing approaches as well as gaps, and analyzing them within the theoretical frameworks of James Banks and Rolando Poblete Melis. She presented her research findings in a symposium of educators, administrators, and students. Her final Independent Study Project (in Spanish) can be found here.
Riebeling spent the summer of 2017 working as a teaching assistant at Calvin Hill Day Care Center. She assisted with the daily implementation of high-quality early education, including intentionally-selected children’s literature, creative activities, art, music, outdoor and indoor play, and nutrition. She continues to work as a teaching assistant in the Threes classroom at Calvin Hill, and her experiences there have shaped her motivation to pursue her interests in the field of early education after graduating from Yale.
Since 2015, Riebeling has also been a workshop leader for the Yale Undergraduate Mindfulness Education Initiative, which teaches mindfulness and stress management strategies in various middle schools and high schools in New Haven.
Additionally, from 2014-2017, Riebeling was a tutor for Bridges ESL, an organization that pairs Yale students with immigrant individuals in the New Haven community. Each tutor provides free one-on-one English classes that are customized for the unique goals and life experiences of each student, and connects them to further resources to assist them with their personal aspirations for life in the United States.