Mike Bartlett is Plaworks Durham Coach of the Month for November. Coach Mike is a first year coach at Y.E. Smith Elementary in East Durham. In just a few short months, Coach Mike has stepped in and stepped up to being a stand-out coach.
When a last-minute field trip to a Duke Women's Basketball game came up, Coach Mike quickly organized kids, parents and teachers to attend the game. He helped make sure everyone had rides and that transportation was not an issue.
He has also implemented a "Teacher of the Month" reward system that acknowledges the great teachers that make his job at Y.E. Smith much easier.
In addition to doing the little things to run a strong program, Coach Mike can be found volunteering throughout the community. Whether he is showing up to a service project with the AmeriCorps members, supporting initiatives through East Durham Children's Initiative or helping coach a soccer team at his school, Coach Mike makes sure he gives back.
Coach Mike's energized personality and ability to bring out the best in others makes him adored by his students. One student refused to leave school one afternoon until he was able to find Coach Mike and make sure Coach Mike received one his birthday cupcakes!
This month we give a huge "Superman Clap" to our Playworks Durham Coach of the Month Mike Bartlett.
Get to know Coach Mike:
Favorite Game: Sprout Ball
Favorite Cheer: Why I ate the Pie
Favorite thing about Durham: The Durham Bulls Athletic Park
If you could have any super power what would it be and why? The ability to transport myself anywhere in time!