Meet REC Coordinator, Shy!

Let’s hear about recess at Lawndale from the perspective of new REC Coordinator, Shy!

So far my job has been a whirlwind of chaos but I have enjoyed every moment, good and bad.

What do you like best about your job?

The kids. Every day I get the chance to hang out with some of the brightest and coolest little human beings that I now have the pleasure of knowing.

What is your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge that I am facing here at Lawndale is behavior management. A lot of our students struggle with structure and expressing their frustrations in a positive and productive manner.

What has been the most surprising aspect of your job?

The most surprising part of my role is really understanding just how important it is for me to always come in with a positive “can do” attitude. This may seem like a ‘duh’ self-discovery, but it’s one that is often forgotten in the midst of chaos, especially when it feels like everything that you have set into place is not working to your liking. We at UI, become the face of hope. When we walk into a school, especially one that is struggling academically or with negative behavior, it is important that you radiate positivity and come through the door every morning with a smile on your face and the will to create some type of change for good. Those students, who struggle with their behavior, depend on it. The teachers/admin who are going through the same struggle appreciate the good energy as well. 

What is your favorite memory so far?

A memory that sticks out in my head is the first time I met Naomi, a very quiet student who in the beginning of the school year struggled with being held back a year but forced to still interact with her promoted classmates. I remember sitting with her and encouraging her to not think of “what should have been”, but improving on whatever it was that caused her to be held back in the first place. Naomi is still a bit quiet but she has come out of her shell in this short time since returning to school, and I look forward to her enthusiasm and hugs. Being able to provide that support for the kids who need it makes me feel like I am “creating change” and helping Lawndale move towards greatness. I’m looking forward to helping the students how to productively interact with one another.

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