Mercy Jematia

Mercy Jematia is the winner of the 2019-2020 Heinz Fellowship. She began her studies in Administrative and Policy Studies Program in Pitt’s School of Education this fall. Born and raised a small rural village in Mosoriat, Western Kenya, Mercy has always enjoyed teaching languages and culture. She graduated in December 2017 from Kibabii University, Bungoma County, Kenya, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education for Swahili. She completed her teaching practice in Chebisaas Boys School in Eldoret, and is a trained Swahili Instructor.
Mercy is interested in Kenyan education policy and her emphasis is to understand the role of that language in literacy development. She is interested in understanding diverse early childhood education programs that bring together the social, emotional and cognitive domains. She appreciates different cultures and looks forward to learning from the University community and sharing her own culture, ideas and interests.