Meet the 2019 Fellows: Jaiwantie Manni

After graduating from Queens College, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to jump into a graduate program or if I wanted to obtain a job to save up some money before I started a Masters Program. I was working at the New York of Science during this time and trying to figure out what my next steps would be.

One of the supervisors suggested applying to the fellowship, citing that with my STEM and museum program background, the fellowship at MCNY would be a great fit for me. I was hesitant about applying, but after some encouragement from that supervisor, I did. And here I am.

Since starting the fellowship, I couldn’t be more content with my position. I am extremely grateful to be apart of this fellowship. Being at MCNY has helped me to recognize that I really enjoy working in the non-profit world, and it has re-sparked an interest in perusing a graduate degree in museum education. My fellowship at MCNY has allowed me to combine my interest in STEM education and my love of being in museums. It has also given me my first direct involvement as a lead museum educator, which has been an extraordinary experience.

I am looking forward to the next two years at MCNY and I cannot wait to continue working with the students, teachers, and families that visit.

Jaiwantie Manni is the FAO Schwarz Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York. At MCNY, Jai is working as a museum educator for students and teachers who visit during field trips. She is also working to help coordinate family programs at the museum used to celebrate the City’s rich diversity. Her special project involves working on developing a program to bring STEM into one of the museum’s galleries called Future City Lab.

Jai moved to the U.S. when she was 10 years old and has lived in New York City ever since. She graduated from Queens College, CUNY with a B.S. in Geology. She became involved in museum programs during her first year of high school when she started taking academic classes at the American Museum of Natural History. She spent three years at the New York Hall of Science as an Explainer before moving on to the Museum of the City of New York.