ESP Biography

MELISSA SANTOS, Stanford senior & aspiring educator :)

Major: Psychology/Sociology

College/Employer: Stanford undergraduate

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Melissa is a fourth year at Stanford pursuing a major in health & developmental psychology, a minor in data science, and a master's in sociology. Her lifelong desire to be a teacher has led her to pursue education both inside the classroom and out. She works as a campus museum tour guide, a peer learning consultant with the Center for Teaching and Learning, and a research assistant at Bing Nursery, Stanford's developmental research lab preschool. She feels most like herself when working with preschoolers, biking around the Bay Area, making art or food with friends, and spending time at home with her family.

Past Classes

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Z14294: Us vs Them: The Psychology of Prejudice in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
How do humans learn to discriminate? Why are we loyal to groups, whether it be our family, school, country, or home sports team? Discover the psychological insights into human divisiveness: we'll discuss stereotyping, implicit biases, social identity, and more, and apply this knowledge to key case studies and current events.

S14076: How to Make a Child: Developmental Psychology Crash Course in HSSP Summer 2020 (Jul. 11, 2020)
How do children learn how to walk? Talk? Does our relationship with our parents influence our future relationships? Come find out the answers to these questions and many more! We'll talk about how children grow in the first five years of life, rapidly developing the motor, perceptual, linguistic, and socioemotional abilities we often take for granted. Each class, there will be a lecture featuring key research studies, theories, and of course, cute baby videos. We will also have plenty of time for questions, discussions, and activities. Here's a brief overview of the 6-week syllabus: Week 1: How do scientists learn about babies and children? Introduction and class overview Week 2: Babies know 1+1=2?! Perception and motor development Week 3: Babies understand grammar?! Language learning and speech Week 4: Do babies have morality? Empathy, helping, and fairness Week 5: Do babies recognize race and gender? Social categories Week 6: Where do we go from here? Applying class concepts to early childhood education, toys, and storybooks [interactive final activity!]