As a student in JMU's College of Education, I'm learning the best ways to support children's development academically, and socially. Being able to work with my 22 5th grade students after school allows me to grow and develop my professional skills while making an impact. My favorite part is being able to help students with their school work, and watch as that light bulb begins to flash in their minds after I explain a concept to them. I also get to connect with them and their families on a more personal level.
Being a Team Leader for On the Road Collaborative is the most rewarding experience I've had in my life thus far. Not only am I gaining the support I need to grow professionally, I'm providing a positive environment where students can tell me how their day was, good or bad, and I'll be there to listen. I'm there to coach them academically, and challenge them to practice our On the Road values of Perseverance, Focused Effort, Courage, Cooperation, and Kindness. I can't wait to see where their life takes them years from now!