Coach Lesley Makes Excellent Happen

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From left: Jon Gay (New England Executive Director), Coach Lesley (November Coach of the Month), Jennette Claassen (National Director of Evaluation), Junior Coach Leo, Junior Coach Sam, Elizabeth Cushing (Playworks President)

Coach Lesley is a second-year Playworks Coach at the Winship Elementary School in Brighton. This year, she is leveraging the relationships she’s built with students and staff to foster a playful and inclusive school community where social and emotional learning happens during every part of the school day. Coach Lesley brings flexibility and a positive attitude and to her work, always seeking new ways to improve her programming, collaborate with school administrators, and support her lunch and recess staff.

Junior Coaches at Coach Lesley’s school are quickly emerging as strong leaders in the school community and beyond! Coach Lesley uses innovative strategies to integrate Junior Coaches’ parents and teachers into the program, ensuring that lessons taught during Junior Coach training are incorporated into the entire day—both during and outside of school. In the month of October, Coach Lesley’s Junior Coaches represented Playworks and Winship Elementary at the Youth Philanthropy Summit at Tufts University, teaching and facilitating Playworks games with participants.

Coach Lesley is an exemplary Playworks employee and a committed positive role model for her students. Lesley’s reliability and consistency set her apart as a coach, but her kindness, creativity, and tireless work ethic cultivate a community of trust and respect at her school. Her students feel empowered and supported. Without exception, she does what it takes every day to run an amazing Playworks program at her school. We are confident that Coach Lesley will continue to make excellent happen at the Winship and beyond for the remainder of the school year.

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January 18, 2023

Building skills through play: adult engagement at recess ›

What does adult engagement look like at recess and why is it important? Adults actively engaging on the playground is important because it encourages healthy play at recess. Playworks’ programming recognizes this and highlights the need of providing a kind and consistent adult during the school day for students to connect and build trusting relationships that…

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

December 28, 2022

Looking forward to joy in 2023 ›

Over the last five weeks, we have been exploring the concept of joy. We’ve answered check-in questions on our Instagram based around joy, heard from five Coaches on Facebook about what brings them joy, and found out from students what about recess brings them so much joy. To close out the year, we have been…