Beatrice Thurgood

Beatrice grew up in northern Virginia and is an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah studying French Education, with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

She began her love of languages and connecting across cultures when her parents enrolled her in a Spanish immersion program for elementary school, learning a language she has continued ever since. From 2019-2021, she took a break from her studies at BYU to serve as an 18-month volunteer in France, assigned to help native Spanish-speaking immigrants and refugees, as well as refugees from African countries. In the fall of 2021, Beatrice worked as a teacher for volunteers preparing to serve in the Ivory Coast, Benin, Congo Kinshasa, as well other French-speaking countries in Africa.

Her main focus in teaching is to enable students to overcome their insecurities in second-language communication and to navigate new cultural experiences in a way that is sensitive and authentic to the people they serve. She is a fierce advocate for multiculturalism and is deeply grateful to work with AYPF, an organization devoted to protecting and honoring the various identities of the youth it serves.