You served as a volunteer in the fall for Beyond the Bell. What made you want to make the jump to serve as a Team Leader this semester? In the fall, I served as a volunteer for Beyond the Bell. I was a little nervous coming into the program because I have never worked with kids outside of babysitting and a camp setting. However, after a few days as a volunteer for Beyond the Bell I was hooked. After learning all my students names, I was able to have conversations and joke with them. It is encouraging to see each student's curiosity and unique interests highlighted in different parts of the Beyond the Bell day. I was so excited when I saw an opening for Team Leader because I wanted to learn more about the inner workings of this wonderful program! I am so happy to be working with the Beyond the Bell team.
Do you believe that you are born smart or get smart? I think we all have an inherent intelligence, you cannot deny that learning comes more naturally to some than others. However, intelligence is something that is continually fostered, even for those who are naturally gifted. An expert is not an expert because they were born with all their knowledge, but because they are passionate and study. Students are given the opportunity everyday in school to grow a large base of knowledge and realize their passions.
Fill in the blank for your vision for the Beyond the Bell program community. I envision…motivated, more insightful students. I envision a group of students who want to learn and further impact the community around them.
What is one of your favorite quotes? "But often, in the din of strife, There rises an unspeakable desire After the knowledge of our buried life" - Matthew Arnold "The Buried Life"
Where do you want to be five years from now? Teaching AP high school English and traveling.