First Niagara Foundation Intern Blog Post: Sara

Intern SaraName: Sara Feinstein

Hometown: New Haven, CT

College and Major: Emory University, Class of 2020, English and Sociology

Tutoring Site: Willow

Clubs: Math 1 and Code.org

Favorite Childhood Book: The Harry Potter Series

 

As my summer as an intern at New Haven Reads comes to a close I am left with many great memories and a new appreciation for the positive impact that New Haven Reads has on so many students. Throughout my summer internship I have worked with many wonderful members of the New Haven Reads staff and tutored lots of kind, intelligent, funny, and all-around great students! I am so lucky to work as an intern for an organization whose mission genuinely inspires me, where each day brings new challenge and lots of laughs.

I have had lots of great moments while tutoring, including spirited card games and witnessing the moment of clarity when a student understands a new concept. One of my best memories as a tutor was when I was a student’s tutor for his first ever tutoring session at New Haven Reads. He was a little apprehensive at the beginning of the session, but grew excited when he began to peruse the bookshelf. When I told him that he could choose any of the books to read during our session, and that he could take home books from the Book Bank room he broke into a huge grin. At the end of our session we played a competitive game of UNO, and the student had so enjoyed his tutoring session that he didn’t want to leave!

Through leading two clubs, the coding club and a math club, I have gained an immense amount of respect for educators. Planning math lessons for a wide variety of grade and skills levels proved to be a challenge. After the first few weeks I changed the structure of the math lessons, devoting more time to each task to allow students to improve their focus. After I changed the structure of the lessons, the club ran much more smoothly and the students were able to spend more time honing important, core math skills. Through changing the way I planned lessons and ran the math club, I learned valuable lessons about teaching and being an effective leader.

I am so grateful to First Niagara Foundation and KeyBank for funding this internship! I’ve had a great summer as an intern at New Haven Reads and will treasure the memories of the great experiences I’ve had and the lessons I’ve learned.

 

Thank you to the First Niagara Foundation in partnership with KeyBank for generously funding six college-age interns at New Haven Reads this summer.

Categories First Niagara Summer Internship, News & Events | Tags: , , , | Posted on August 24, 2017

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