AmeriCorps Week Coaches Spotlight

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Hello, everyone! Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting our current AmeriCorps members. Each week you will have the chance to meet our amazing coaches from the Minnesota region.


Coach Ingrid

Coach Ingrid is a first-year AmeriCorps member who brings her love of the outdoors and of play to her school every day. Experienced in outdoor play and rooted in a love of nature she has been able to instill these passions in her students. Her ability to be flexible and go with the flow has been welcomed as she has transitioned between a few roles throughout her first year as a coach. Now fully settled in her school, she hopes to transform play and recess throughout the last few months of the school year. Continue the amazing work, Coach Ingrid!

 

Coach Dana

Coach Dana is also a first-year AmeriCorps member this year. He has been working at Jefferson Elementary and taking on the challenge of engaging middle schoolers in play. He came to Playworks with a desire to build relationships with his students and to support students to solve any challenges that may come up. His willingness to take time out of his day to make sure students feel as though they have been heard is something that has made a large impact at Jefferson Community School. Continue to let your care and consideration show, Coach Dana!

 

Coach Shaena

Coach Shae is a second-year AmeriCorps member who has gone from one of the smallest Playworks schools to one of the biggest over her two years. Her ability to manage the two totally different environments is a testament to her work ethic and ability to adapt. This year at Earle Brown Elementary, she worked hard to implement systems that will last beyond her time there. Her willingness to try new things and adapt the current to better fit her students is what makes her successful in her work. Keep on rockin’ Coach Shae!

 

Coach Nick

Coach Nick is a second-year AmeriCorps member who has been at Jenny Lind Elementary for the entirety of his coaching time with Playworks. Jenny Lind has loved having smiley, caring Coach Nick at their recess over the last two years. His ability to empower students and inspire them to take ownership over their own recess has benefited the school community greatly. Giving students a voice on the playground is integral to being a successful coach, and Nick seems to have cracked the code. Keep empowering those kids, Coach Nick!

Thank you to all our coaches for your commitment to service! Know that you are greatly appreciated not just by the Playworks staff but also by the families you serve and the communities you work in. Let’s finish this year strong!

 


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