On September 12th AmeriCorps is turning 20! To celebrate the service organization and the fantastic AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows and members who have served with Citizen Schools over the years, we highlight the influential work of 20 members:
|5 Reasons I'm Glad I Became a Teaching Fellow
George Ganzenmuller was a Second Year Teaching Fellow at the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown, MA.
|She Took the Time to Care: A Student's Story
"Through her encouragement and guidance, I feel am ready for tomorrow’s challenges."
Making Sure Students Succeed by Serving
Malcolm Morse served as a Teaching Fellow in Houston, Texas.
|Why I Serve, and Why You Should Too
Marlee Henderson served as a Teaching Fellow in Durham, North Carolina.
|Why I Get Up for Work in the Morning
"For me, deciding to join the AmeriCorps National Teaching Fellowship was all about the people. It’s hard not to like the people you work with when you’re all there to make a real difference and serve the community. I instantly liked them and knew I had made the choice."
|I Moved Back to Oakland to Fight Inequality
|Learning to Lead by Serving
|Despite Shutdown, AmeriCorps Still Gets Things Done
Callie Kozlak is the Director of Public Funding Strategy at Citizen Schools.
"Now more than ever, national service programs like AmeriCorps should be celebrated and supported."
|What I Learned by Teaching Robotics
Jared Noll served as a Teaching Fellow at Eagle Academy in Newark, New Jersey.
"Teaching an apprenticeship certainly isn’t easy, but like most everything else in life, hard work pays off."
|Finding Balance in the Classroom
Greg Beach served at Edwards Middle School in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
"That being said, finding a balance between one’s own values and style and the practical demands of reality is essential to becoming a successful Teaching Fellow."
|It's Not All Rainbows and Sunshine, But it's Worth It
Jessica Eddy served as a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools New York."
It was in that moment, for the very first time, that I recognized the value of my work. If nothing else, I came to know that I represent a steady force in students’ lives, someone they look forward to seeing everyday just as much as they look forward to driving crazy, and someone they know will stick it out with them and for them when times are hard."
|Teaching Fellow Reflects on Two Years of Service
Amanda Worrell served as a Teaching Fellow at De Vargas Middle School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"My love for teaching really began to resonate with me when I witnessed my first “aha” moment with my students."
|The Pursuit of Happiness: Students Give Back to Community
Sarah Partin served as a Teaching Fellow in East Palo Alto, California.
"As a second year Teaching Fellow, I can say that this apprenticeship has been a truly transformative experience, not only for my students, but also for myself, my Citizen Teacher, and for any community members that were impacted by these students."
|A Spartan Fights for Educational Equality
Liz McNeil graduated from Michigan State in August, 2006. She is a Citizen Schools Teaching Fellow Alum.
"I think more than anything, I have stayed in the teaching profession because I value the relationships formed with students and families and believe that mutual responsibility and respect for learning is key to success."
|Don't Follow Your Dreams, Chase Them!
Ashley Kirklen served as a Second Year Teaching Fellow at Eastway Middle School, Charlotte, North Carolina.
"As I embark on the next phase of my life, as scary as it may be, I remind myself that I have a responsibility to live out what I teach to my students."
|Ten Things I Learned as a Teaching Fellow
Jessi Worde served as a Teaching Fellow at Van Buren Middle School in Albuquerque, NM.
"Being a middle schooler is very hard. The more people are kind to you, and care for you, the greater your chances of surviving adolescence with grace and success."
|A Teaching Fellow Reflects on Fall Semester
Sylvia Monreal served as a Teaching Fellow at MLK Middle School in Newark, New Jersey
"I hope I never forget the afternoon that a 6th grade boy, blind in one eye and all too quick to fight, ran up to me to show me a complete 3D puzzle, shouting, 'I did it! I finally did it! It just took patience, just like you said!'"
|The Good, the Bad, and the Motivation: Tales of a Teaching Fellow
Destiny Waggoner served as a Teaching Fellow at Sharpstown Middle School in Houston, Texas.
"As a Teaching Fellow, you’ll have good days and bad days. You’ll have days when you love coming into work and days when you really don’t want to, but you do instead."
|Sometimes, When Plans Break Down - Learning Emerges
Oscar Robles is the Manager of Non Profit Partnerships for Us2020. He served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member in New Jersey.
"I learned a lot from that day – mostly, the power of flexibility."
|A Lasting Legacy
Jaleesa Jones served as a Teaching Fellow at Ivy Hill Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey.
"Through Project Playground, each of our students learned what it takes to become legendary."