TF Spotlight: Liana St. Bernard

At Citizen Schools, no role is more essential to the success of our students than that of the AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow. Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellows create extraordinary enrichment and academic support experiences for underserved students across our nation. On a daily basis, Fellows deepen connections between schools and parents, help to develop social-emotional skills through mentoring and coaching students, and facilitate hands-on learning opportunities through our apprenticeships.

Liana is a Teaching Fellow at Urban Assembly Unison in Brooklyn.

Why did you decide to become an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow?

I decided to be an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow because I've met so many adults impacted by childhood trauma. I feel like if someone was able to be a positive light to them in their childhood things could have been different. It made me reflect on my life and the support I had. At that moment, I realized my calling to be a resource to children through education. 

What are you most excited about for this upcoming school year?

I'm excited about touching the lives of the children in a positive way.  Also, I'm excited to learn from my team and my Campus Director.

Plans for post-fellowship?

When the fellowship is over, I would be happy to work in another position with Citizen Schools. I want to be in a place where I am actively helping change minds and repair the world making it a better place.