Adassa graduated from LC in 2014 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Russian, and received her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Purdue University in August, 2019. During graduate school, she worked on a research project that mainly evaluated Indiana’s state-funded pre-kindergarten program. Her research interests also include examining the relations between the early childhood workforce and the quality in early care and education contexts and children’s school readiness outcomes.
In summer 2019, Adassa and her partner, Kevin Ryan, who is another LC alum, moved back to the PNW with their dog Ellie Mae. After a beautiful wedding ceremony on Thunder Island and honeymoon-ing in Israel, they moved to Olympia, WA. Adassa recently accepted a job offer working as an Evaluation Specialist for Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Adassa and Kevin enjoy long cooking projects on rainy days, exploring their new surroundings, and visits from friends and family near and far.