Pros: Teacher training, Networking, communication, creative freedom, field trips
Cons: Part time assignment, no benefits, no certainty of assignments during low enrollment days.
Reach for the Stars is a state and federal granted After School Program within the Whittier City School District, partnered with the YMCA of Greater Whittier and other divisions in Whittier, California. Hired as a Group Leader, my position requires me to work with a set students, providing jovial enrichment involving daily homework assistance, nutritional meals and snacks, as well as daily allotment of physical fitness. What my position allows me to do is work in a pleasant environment at a chosen elementary school servicing students in grades Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade. Although – more... the majority of my time is spent with a specific group of students, I am given opportunity to lead instruction to all of the students in the program, for a selected amount of time. I draft quarterly approved lesson plans that include but are not limited to Math, Science, STEM, Arts & Crafts, Cooking & Nutrition, and Sports & Fitness. Arriving at a friendly staffed site, I gather materials needed for each day. Dressed in my required Program shirt, I welcome students, take attendance, and engage with students, staff and parents. I have learned to maintain a high level of energy in my job while keeping a firm awareness for students' safety and best interest. The hardest part of the job is the challenge to conduct a thorough activity that students find enjoyable as well as enriching, in a set amount of time, and staying within a sensible budget. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the smiles and excitement on the students' faces after an activity because that reassures the objective was met in a positive way. It is this reassurance that allows me provide the best care I can each day. Simultaneously I am developing a hands-on feel for the teaching profession. – less