Serrano Legrand Jr.Graduate Associate
Serrano is currently a third year Doctoral (Ed.D) student at the Graduate School of Education. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and is the middle of five children. Prior to Penn, Serrano was an educator for five years in Dekalb County and then Brooklyn. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia after graduating Northeastern University with a degree in Finance and Social Entrepreneurship, to complete a teaching commitment through Teach for America. For two years he taught mathematics to incredible groups of seventh graders and co-started the Male Achievement Academy with some of his brightest young leaders. He then returned to his hometown of Brooklyn, New York and taught for an additional 3 years. During this time, he helped start a Junior Changemakers Club that created the spaces for his students to create innovative solutions to problems plaguing their school and local community. While teaching and leading this after-school program, he also obtained his Masters from Relay's Graduate School of Education in New York.
He is usually sleeping, running, cooking, eating, writing, reading, dancing, mentoring, hanging with close friends and family, sleeping, travelling or singing in the shower. His favorite books are The Alchemist and pedagogy of the oppressed (Hey Paulos). Serrano is thankful and proud of being a Gates Millennium scholar; a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, an alumnus of the Institute For Responsible Citizenship and the product of hundreds of people and hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been poured into him over the course of his life.
His research spans the intersections of education, entrepreneurship and leadership development. He works on various research projects with Catalyst, a new center for innovation at PennGSE. He also co-leads HER&HISstory, a mentoring program that connects college students at the historic Dubois College House with students in a local Philadelphia elementary school.