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Spencer Bennett

SPENCER BENNETT

Junior Faculty Advisor

Spencer Bennett just graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Environmental Science.  His passion for the environment started at an early age, way before attending WYSE as a delegate in 2017 and Spencer is very excited to be back for his 5th WYSE. Spencer was involved in EcoHusky, Friday’s For Future, and the biodiversity greenhouses at UConn throughout his 4 years. He helped organize events that spread awareness on sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice. His love for plants and photography was combined at the biodiversity greenhouses as he volunteered to help with maintenance, husbandry, and the greenhouse’s instagram. Spencer has had research experience through the university. His most recent endeavor was with the Simon Lab at UConn, where he studied the range, population size/density, and emergence of Magiciada, a genus of periodical cicada. He encourages everyone to seek research experience as it has helped him gauge what he wants to do for his future career.

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Jesi Hessong-Brown

JESI HESSONG-BROWN

Faculty Advisor

Jesi Hessong-Brown is a first generation WYSE-r!  She attended the inaugural conference in 2010 and quickly became apart of the WYSE family.  She has been a WYSE fall intern, summer intern, and faculty advisor.  This is her fifth year as a faculty advisor and is so honored to be asked back!  Since her first WYSE conference, Jesi has received her B.S. in Conservation and Environmental Biology with a double minor in Applied Conservation Skills and Non-Profit Studies from George Mason University where she graduate Magna Cum Laude and received the Senior Award in Biology for her undergraduate research.  Jesi spent many years work in wildlife conservation before finding her true passion- teaching.  Jesi has since completed her Masters in Education and is currently the wackiest middle school science teacher in her district. When not at work Jesi is usually out rock climbing, hiking, looking for amphibians, playing with her pet lizards or walking her two huskies Bella and Hobbes.