Jannete Valdez is a partner teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights. She sat down with AmeriCorps members Tirhn, Brittani, and Dashawn to reflect on City Year's impact on the campus.
Q: How would you describe City Year's impact?
A: I’ve witnessed many friendships form between corps members and students and, as a result, I see students motivated to complete classwork and homework. Overall, I see happier students and I see a community built on trust and respect between corps members, staff, and students.
Q: How do teachers and City Year AmeriCorps members collaborate in the classroom?
A: Collaboration between a teacher and City Year AmeriCorps member happens when trust, respect, and an open communication system is set in place between teacher and the corps members. I see collaboration in the classroom as working together to make decisions, coming up with creative ideas or mini lessons, and developing strategies that will help our students be successful inside and outside the classroom. It is about working together and trusting each other to help meet the needs of our students.
Q: What is your favorite thing about City Year?
A: I love the energy and enthusiasm they bring to the school campus every day!
Q: How does having City Year on the school campus affect the school environment?
A: City Year creates a positive, fun, and safe environment, before, during and after school. Students and staff feel welcomed by the positive energy they bring to our campus.
Q: What message would you like to leave for the team?
A: You guys are amazing!! Your passion for your work shines through every day. Thanks for your commitment and dedication!
MS. AGUILERA: "[CITY YEAR] SERVES AS A BRIDGE THAT HELPS TO FILL IN THE GAPS BETWEEN TEACHER AND STUDENT."