Intern Spotlight: Delianne Ayala Ramos

Name: Delianne Ayala Ramos
Hometown: Fajardo, Puerto Rico
College and Major: University of New Haven Class of 2024; Forensic Science
Tutor Site: Science Park
Clubs: Math, Performing Arts
Favorite Childhood Book: The Velveteen Rabbit

I had never heard of New Haven Reads until I received my placement for my university’s
fellowship program. As soon as I was able, I did a deep dive into what New Haven Reads is and
what they do for the community. At that point, it was all very abstract, but once I started working I was able to see how New Haven Reads makes sharing the joy and power of reading the focus of everything they do.

During the summer, I’ve worked in supporting the Education Department and with Math
Club. I grew up loving math, so I was very excited to be a part of this club. The best experience
I’ve had so far is seeing the children’s faces light up when they see a topic they know well. I love letting them teach me and giving them the chance to be confident in themselves. I had so many teachers that believed in me, and it changed how I perceived myself.. Now I get the chance to be the person who believes in them.

Another amazing part of working here is forming connections with the students. One
noteworthy experience happened just last week as my student and I talked during choice time.
She told me about her nationality, which just happened to be the same as mine. Then she told
me about the rainforest her family lived on, which is the same my grandparents live on as well.
As she revealed more details, we both saw how similar we were. She then went on to tell me
about how she wanted to be an author and write stories for a living, and I felt so inspired by this
young girl with such big dreams. Let’s just say I look forward to reading all the books she may
write in the future.

Working with New Haven Reads has been life-changing. I never had a reason to want to stay in the Greater New Haven Area past graduation, but now I can’t help but imagine a future in which I can continue working with New Haven Reads to make a difference in the lives of the kids in our community.