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The FAO Schwarz Fellows Newsletter

2011 Cohort Update

Ariana Dugan

Year Up

I moved to DC right before COVID and have been so happy here—the city is beautiful, and I get to be much closer to my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. I serve as VP of Product at Interplay Learning, where we develop a simulated and video training system for skilled trades employers and workers.


Mariah Peebles

Year Up

I am pursuing a Master’s degree in clinical social work at Simmons University, and just finished my first semester. I am thrilled to be changing careers and excited to be back in school.

Shameka Edmond Smith


I am currently an Instructional Dean at KIPP Elementary School in the Bronx.

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