- Who I am:
I’m a recent graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Human Development & Family Studies. I easily spent 1/3 of my undergraduate career explaining both what my major is and what I intend to do with it.The abridged version is: help people become the best version of themselves they possibly can. Other working versions include: ‘inspire/be inspired’ and ‘get $’. The truth is, I want to be there for those who need it, when they need it. For as far back as I can remember the one thing I have always been
good great at is being a friend. I want to be a professional friend. But, like all careers worth having, this is easier said than done. In the mean time however, someone’s got to keep the lights on. So, I accepted a job offer with an education consulting firm in Colorado. If you want to read about this journey read more here:
- What I do:
I spend about 8-12 hours a day in traditionally undeserved, high needs schools in metropolitan Denver. Unless you are in education you probably don’t know that “under-served” typically denotes a school or community that is low-performing/failing and low-income. I act as an in-school support system to increase attendance, improve behavior, and strengthen course performance. The common misconception is that I’m a teacher. While I do teach some classes and prepare lessons I am not the main classroom instructor. I lead 1×1 and small group tutoring sessions, create community outreach events and design new and innovative lesson plans for instructors to implement in hopes of increasing student engagement. My team and I also do data collection and student tracking to gauge the progress being made in each school, for each student. We are the faces behind No Child Left Behind.
- What’s with the title?:
Almost every blog post is named after a set of song lyrics–usually a song that’s applicable to the theme for which I’m writing about. But, the title of the blog, passing period, has it’s own story. Read it here: It’s all in the name.