Outside of the classroom
The following organizations and programs are ones that I have been involved with outside of the classroom.
Girls on the Run is a program for girls in grades 3, 4, and 5. Practices are twice a week and include a short lesson, warm-up, and a workout. The program aims to build self-esteem, positive self-image, and resiliency in young girls. Throughout the season girls train to build endurance. The culminating event is the 5K. I coached for 6 seasons at Dolvin Elementary, and I hope to have an opportunity to get involved again one day!
GAMMA PHI BETA
Since college, I have had the privilege to be a member of a wonderful organization: Gamma Phi Beta. I continue to stay involved for a variety of reasons.
First, our philanthropic mission is "Building Strong Girls." I believe in empowering girls to realize they can be and do anything!
I also think it is important to be a role model of what it means to commit and volunteer for something you are passionate about. My volunteer experiences give me opportunities to build my own leadership and interpersonal skills.
Each summer, we hosted a week long camp at Dolvin. At Camp Invention students design, create, and invent. Students learn science concepts and apply them to solve tasks individually and in groups. I worked as an instructor for two years, and then led the camp as Director for one summer.
I definitely encourage you to explore this camp for your children or as a staff member!
sports and hobbies
When I was a summer league coach in high school and college, I often saw my swimmers' teachers come watch the swim meets. The kids were so excited. They were proud to introduce me to their teachers and even more proud to show off in front of them.
When I started teaching, I made an offer to attend one event for each child. The event could be a sport, music, hobby, etc.
I love getting to see my students shine in different ways.