Playworks is proud that more than 50% of our coaches across the country are AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps is a national community program funded by the US government that places individuals in direct service roles within nonprofit and government organizations. For school year 2018-19, 100% of our Georgia coaches are AmeriCorps members.


Atlanta Area

 

Jeff Dela Cruz (Coach DC)- Dubois Integrity Academy


Why do you play?/What brought you to Playworks?: I play because I’m passionate about making a difference in the community. I want to give kids a safe space where they   can have fun and engage in healthy play.
Where are you from?: Jacksonville, FL

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?: My superpower would be never getting full so I can eat forever!

What would do you hope to gain this year?: Through this year’s experience, I hope to gain perspective on a community in need, help teachers to have more productive class time, and help kids to grow and develop valuable social and emotional skills.

 

 

Jasmine Laguins (Coach J)- Bethune Elementary School


Why do you play?/What brought you to Playworks?: Having recently graduated college, pouring all of my energy into myself, I felt the urge to be apart of something bigger than myself; to be apart of the solution instead of complaining about the problem.

Where are you from?: Panama City, Panama birthed me. Huntsville, Alabama adopted me, but Conyers, GA raised me.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?: If I could have a super power it would be extrasensory perception.

What would do you hope to gain this year?: During my service year I hope to help children grow closer to their community, their purpose, and themselves, while simultaneously doing the same for myself.

 

Timothy Smith (Coach Smith)- Slater Elementary School


Why do you play?/What brought you to Playworks?: I am here to help make a positive difference in my community by promoting the power of play through SEL.

Where are you from?: Metro Detroit Area

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?: If I could have a superpower it would the ability to constantly run without getting tired!

What would do you hope to gain this year?: Through this year’s experience, I hope to gain perspective on communities in need, help teachers to have more productive class time, and help kids to grow and develop valuable social and emotional skills.

 

 

Franchesca Davenport (Coach Fran)- Thomasville Heights Elementary School


Why do you play?/What brought you to Playworks?: I love being able to feel free when I play. Also, students learn well through play

Where are you from?: Atlanta, Ga

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?: The superpower I would want is Mind control.

What would do you hope to gain this year?:To build a better rapport with the community

 

 

 

Alli McNamara (Coach Mac)- Drew Charter School


Why do you play?/What brought you to Playworks?:I believe we are never too old to play and it’s one of the most important things we can do. I want to use play to help invest in this community.

Where are you from?:Apex, North Carolina

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?: Flying

What would do you hope to gain this year?: I hope to continue learning group management strategies. I’m excited to teach the students how to be successful in play and to learn from them as well.

 

 

 

Kristina Huff (Coach H)- KIPP Woodson Park Academy


Why do you play?/What brought you to Playworks?: I play to help kids get to their happy place with a smile!

Where are you from?: Lithonia, Ga
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?: Telepathy

What would do you hope to gain this year?: I would like to gain new and positive relationships with coworkers, teachers, and students!

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