September 2012 Coach of the Month

  1. Updates

Shuriah Lee is Playworks Durham Coach of the month for September. Coach Lee is the program coordinator at C.C. Spaulding Elementary School. Coach Lee is considered a returning coach despite the fact that she was only at her school a month before summer break began last year. In just one month,  she transformed the Playworks program at the school into the program it is today. Spaulding is extremely excited to see what she can do with a full year.

Coach Lee was nominated as September’s Coach of the Month for going above beyond. She prepared and facilitated a school-specific teacher training, incorporated her school’s yearlong theme into program, attended an optional service project, exceled in league recruitment, and collected league scholarship dollars that were difficult to come by last year.

So this month we give a huge “Woosh Clap” to our Playworks Durham Coach of the Month Shuriah Lee.

Get to Know Coach Lee:

Favorite Game: Snowball Alley
Favorite Cheer: Transformers
Favorite thing about Durham: The small town feel
If you could have any superpower what would it be and why? I would
love to be able to understand and speak every language in the world
because I enjoy communicating with people and exploring various
cultures fascinates me


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