Meet Coaches Hayley, Jordan, & Willa!

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AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security. AmeriCorps’ members serve with more than 2,000 non-profits, public agencies, and community organizations.

Simply put, AmeriCorps members are dedicated to strengthening communities. In 2004, Playworks was awarded its first AmeriCorps contract. This year, Playworks Pacific Northwest is proud to have 15 members serving with us at our partner school communities. Get to know our AmeriCorps coaches!

Coach Hayley is serving her second year as an AmeriCorps member at Ogden Elementary School in Vancouver. Learn more about her below:

Hometown
Portland, OR

What inspired you to join Playworks?
I wanted to join a community that focuses on creating positive environments for kiddos regardless of their socioeconomic status.

What is your favorite Playworks core value and why?
Inclusion. Looking out at a Playworks Playground and seeing Junior Coaches and other students actively inviting others to play regardless of their ability levels fills my bucket every day.

What is your favorite game/sport?
Foursquare

How do you usually relax after a long day?
Play with my dog, Sammy.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Sushi. So much sushi.

Tell us two fun facts about yourself!
I am a Scottish Highland Dancer and I’ve been to more countries than I have states. 


Coach Jordan
is serving her first year as an AmeriCorps member at Highland Elementary School in the Gresham School District. Learn more about her below:

Hometown
Bremerton, WA

What inspired you to join Playworks?
I enjoy working with kids and would like to be a school counselor someday.

What is your favorite Playworks core value and why?
Inclusion because that’s what my recesses needed when I was a kid.

What is your favorite game/sport?
4 Square

How do you usually relax after a long day?
Cooking, reading, and hanging out with friends.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Kombucha

Tell us two fun facts about yourself!
I rode a camel once and I was stung by a lions mane jellyfish swimming in the Puget Sound. 


Coach Willa
is serving her first year as an AmeriCorps member at Woodmere Elementary School! Learn more about her below:

Hometown
Ashland, OR

What inspired you to join Playworks?
Playworks’ work to decrease bullying through the power of play is what inspired me to join the Playworks team.

What is your favorite Playworks core value and why?
Inclusion because every kid should feel included while at school.

What is your favorite game/sport?
My favorite recess game is Chewbacca and my favorite sport is ultimate frisbee.

How do you usually relax after a long day?
Read a good book or watch some TV.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching reality TV.

Tell us two fun facts about yourself!
I played the cello and french horn when I was a kid. 

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March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…