We received so many great responses to our survey question, that we are adding an additional blog entry to include them all! Thank you for reading and contributing!
City Year Chicago’s Tilden Team show off their clipboards in their City Year room as they prepare to serve their students!
“The week before school started, Tilden corps members really got to know the school more. The teachers, admin, security staff, and layout and culture of the school became more familiar everyday. The best part of the first week of school was seeing students thrown into that mix. City Year jumped right in. With small classes, name games, and lots of introductions, our morning chants of, “Hey! It’s You!” quickly became “Hey! It’s Charles! I’m so happy to see you today!” Tilden feels like home again with its wonderful faculty and staff, but it’s nothing without the students! Getting to know them gave my team a sneak preview of the relationships they’ll be building all year, and it was great!” –Holly Brennan, Team Leader at Tilden High School in the Back of the Yards Community.
“The best part of my first week of working at Lewis really was meeting my students. Already I’ve been able to help them in small ways, and that strong start of our relationship will propel my future work with them far.” –Natalie Moss, serving at the Lewis School of Excellence in the Austin Community.
“My first week at Sherman with the students was very eye opening. At first, I felt hesitant to step in so that I could give my teacher the authority she needed to appear to have. As the day continued though, my teacher, my other team corps member and I had found a groove to get the students to focus. I enjoy seeing the interactions with the students and the teacher. I may get home later than I want because of the long commute, but I can come home and chat about my kids and my day positively with my boyfriend and look forward to another day and another week. I look forward to continuing to work with my teacher, my team and the students at Sherman School of Excellence.” –Kevin Pitts, serving at the Sherman School of Excellence in the Back of the Yards community.
“The best part of my first week of school was meeting the children that I would be working with on a daily basis. Already I can see some if the challenges and potential from the students at Marquette. I’m really excited about this year and grateful for the support and family I have in Team Marquette and in City Year Chicago.” Jemina Lyle, serving at the Marquette School of Excellence in the Chicago Lawn Community.
“The best part from my first week at Dulles School of Excellence was the open arms we received from the staff and community. It was amazing to see and hear the students recognize City Year and be excited that we were back for another year.” –Ruby Nuñez, serving at the Dulles School of Excellence in the Greater Grand Crossing Community.
“It was both expected and unexpected. My school is a first year turnaround so it was challenging. However, my students (5th graders) have tremendous potential. Almost all of them love to participate in class which motivates me to work even harder. I know this will be a challenging but rewarding year.” –Areli Lopez, serving at the Lewis School of Excellence in the Austin Community.