Archive | April 2010

Volunteer Stories: Compañeros en Lectura/College Readiness

To wrap up Volunteer Appreciation Month, we’re posting stories from two of our programs! The two volunteers are Carolyn Anton with Compañeros en Lectura and Nick Gammelgard with College Readiness!

Check out Carolyn and Nick’s story below, and don’t forget to submit your stories here.

What makes Classroom Coaching special as a volunteer experience?

Carolyn: I have a great group of 4 students! I love teaching, as well as being with the children. I get at least as much out of it as they do. The teacher says this program is helpful. My concern is that it help the teacher.

Nick: It is great to be able to help the kids get the help they need to achieve their educational goals.

Please share an anecdote or memorable moment about your students.

Carolyn: We acted out one of the plays we read. I was surprised at how good a job they did with very little preparation.

Nick: Watching some of my group take active roles in leadership by example. Also, having them listen to me as someone other than a teacher as I explained the importance of education.

How has Classroom Coaching positively impacted one or more of your students?

Carolyn: One of my students moved to another group because she was so high in reading. So another student was put in my group. My group has switched from Spanish to English reading.

Nick: I have watched my group take an idea and work the process of working the idea into a correct essay format.

How has Classroom Coaching impacted your life?

Carolyn: Tutoring is almost like therapy for me. I love doing it, and I love being with the children. Nothing else can replace it.

Nick: It is very satisfying to volunteer to help the children as well as the City of Austin. I hope that more people volunteer for programs such as this. I believe it is one of the best ways to support a community.

Such great stories! To learn more about the programs that Carolyn and Nick volunteer with, take a look at the Compañeros en Lectura or College Readiness pages!

Don’t forget to share your stories also – they can be submitted here, or you can send me an e-mail with your classroom coaching experiences.

Thank you for reading our posts during Volunteer Appreciation Month! We still have some more volunteer stories, so be sure to come back next week for another post!

Volunteer Stories: Pearce Math Mentors

This week’s volunteer stories come from David Gaines, a Pearce Math Mentor.

Check out David’s story below, and don’t forget to submit your stories here.

What makes Classroom Coaching special as a volunteer experience?

You’re not just helping a young person pass a test or “make it” to the next grade. You are providing the opportunity and assistance to help that person have a better life. You are providing the opportunity for them to attend and successfully complete a college education, provide a better life for their families, as well as enjoy the feeling of having accomplished something significant throughout their life.

What advice do you share with your students?

There is no such thing as “guaranteed success” and perhaps there shouldn’t be. However, the closest thing to “guaranteed success” is to obtain a college education.

If you take care of your business first, nearly everything else will take care of itself.

“One doesn’t spend time, one invests it” – unknown

How has Classroom Coaching positively impacted one or more of your students?

I explained how to develop a “formal outline format” and how each paragraph relates to each sentence of the introductory paragraph. The light really came on for the student and he looked me dead in the eye and stated “this is really important”. He was talking about how this one lesson was going to impact his ability to write papers from that point on, even through college. He completely acknowledged the potential of this one lesson! This is the sense of personal reward and gratification that I am going to pursue in all of my personal, professional and career decisions from now on.

How has Classroom Coaching impacted your life?

I am finishing a Bachelor Degree and want to obtain a Graduate Degree in the next few years. This experience has given me great insight into what gives me a high level of gratification and sense of personal reward. My degree plan and subsequent career choices will be based on what I feel will provide the same level of gratification and personal reward as I have experienced during mentoring.

Finally, David adds:

You really have the potential to have a positive impact on these young people for the rest of their lives.

Such a true statement. To learn more about the program David works with, take a look at the Pearce Math Mentors page!

Don’t forget to share your stories also – they can be submitted here, or you can send me an e-mail at tmagbee@austinpartners.org with your classroom coaching experiences.

Thank you for reading, and we look forward to sharing more stories next week!

Volunteer Stories: Partners in Math

This week’s volunteer stories come from Patricia Gonzalez, a Classroom Coach for Partners in Math!

Check out Patricia’s story below, and don’t forget to submit your stories here.
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Volunteer Stories: Partners in Reading

This week’s volunteer stories come from Adana Barry, a Classroom Coach for Partners in Reading!

Check out Adana’s story below, and don’t forget to submit your stories here.
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Volunteer Appreciation Month!

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our amazing classroom coaches! Every week this April we will be posting stories from volunteers about their experiences in the classroom. Here are some ways to share your stories:

-Answer a few questions here.
Follow us on Twitter and include #apie in your message.
-Post your stories on the Austin Partners in Education Facebook wall.

We look forward to hearing and sharing your encouraging stories this month!