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Reading Partners

Literacy Lead

September 2021 • Charleston, SC

What I liked

The hands-on experience with children. You are responsible for their education, which is the most pressurizing experience you could ever have. It really puts into perspective being a teacher.

What I wish was different

That I was able to be there in person with the kids. I understand that I can't be, but I am envious of those who were able to be with the children.

Advice

Always be ready to help a student. Be there for them, do not be too stern, but be kind with your discipline. Be real and authentic with every lesson. Let them know that they have someone rooting for them in their corner.
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distance tutoring coordinator

August 2020 • Dallas, TX

What I liked

Understanding with school and taking classes Prioritize mental health Weekly training for our job and topics included in REDI (race, equity, diversity, inclusion)

What I wish was different

Having more of an option to work from home such as only working in-person half the week and the half work from home. I wish they didn't prolong our initial training so much that it lead to being rushed into the schools too quickly.

Advice

Full-time students should not take on a full-time job at the same time no matter how desperate you are. Nonprofits take a lot of time and energy from you and you need to be extremely prepared for that.
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Volunteer Coordinator

August 2018 • Milpitas, CA

What I liked

I like how I can learn so much about working in education, while learning new Human Resources skills as well!

What I wish was different

I wish I’d been told more about what to expect in the job description

Advice

It’s fun, but hard work so stay in task
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Volunteer

January - May 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Getting interact with the kids and teach based on a set curriculum.

What I wish was different

There to have been more days to get to tutor the kids.

Advice

If you're not enthusiastic with the kids, they will not be enthusiastic with learning the material. Always give positive feedback and encourage them to read on their own or with a parent or peer.
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Tutor

November 2017 • Washington, DC

What I liked

You get the chance to spend one on one time with kids who are eager to learn more. You also get to watch them grow as readers as the year progresses and it's great.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been able to plan my classes around it sooner so that I would be able to go more days a week, or for a longer period of time each day.

Advice

Some of the younger kids have a hard time focusing, you just need to have patience, maybe incorporate little breaks in sessions.
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