The Summerbridge Experience
One of the moments that stuck with me the most is when Iggy, an eighth-grade student at the time, approached me before class. He was bouncing up and down on the balls of his feet and I thought he was nervous about something or hadn't done his homework. But when he reached into his pocket and pulled out a rock that he had found near his home, it became clear that his bouncing was from excitement rather than nerves. He wanted it to be identified; he had brought something he had learned in class (processes of identifying rocks and their formation) home, and brought a piece of home back to class to share with the others. AND he got everyone else excited about this rock!
Every time I retell this brief interaction I get excited, too -- it is one of the most gratifying experiences I have had thus far in my teaching career.
I am looking forward to graduating in May 2015, and beginning a teaching fellowship at a secondary school in Massachusetts.
How has Summerbridge helped you in your life?
And generally, it shed light on what I want to pursue in the future. When thinking about what of my work experiences has made me the happiest, it has been teaching at Summerbridge. I think this is indicative equally of my own affinity for teaching, and the excellence of the program for all involved.