Junior Coach Jelani is the only returning Junior Coach at the King K-8 School in Dorchester with Playworks Coach DC. Over the course of her two years working as a Junior Coach, she has grown to be an excellent public speaker, a tremendous leader, and is always ready to try anything. She has a great talent to make smart, thoughtful decision and is incredible at solving conflicts that may arise at recess or in the classroom. Junior Coach Jelani loves to serve as a leader in the school and does so each day by wearing her Junior Coach t-shirt on the playground and consistently abiding by the Playworks Core Values. She continue to make excellence happen in her school, creating an environment where all students at the King K-8 feel safe and included.
During the month of October, Junior Coach Jelani decided to make excellence happen by working on her public speaking skills with Coach DC. Whenever there was a guest or volunteer at the school, Junior Coach Jelani made sure to approach the individual in a kind manner, introducing herself, shaking the guest's hand and using her "Junior Coach Voice". At the end of October, the King K-8 School had a very special guest visit their school. This guest was Rob Gronkowski from the New England Patriots. Jelani made a point to really step up and lead the Junior Coaches in an amazing site visit. She helped coordinate the decorating of signs with her fellow Junior Coaches to welcome Mr. Gronkowski to the school. Additionally, she did a lot of speaking and helped lead several debrief sessions with Mr. Gronkowski ensuring that he was recognizing the true impact of Playworks. Jelani is a rock star Junior Coach that always has a smile on her face no matter what the circumstances may be. We are sure that Junior Coach Jelani's outgoing personality and commitment to being a leader will set her up for success during her middle school career and beyond.