The Community Education office is filled with individuals serving students and the school’s community. On one whiteboard, you will see the after school-schedule which is full of activities for youth and adults. In another corner, you see art projects which are yet to be completed by students. The office is a mix of workspace with cubicles and swivel chairs and student space for learning with low tables and chairs for little legs. Each year Chris Collins, Community School Director welcomes a new team of AmeriCorps service members through the Flint Community School Corps. He onboards the new team quickly to hit the ground running as a new school year beings. This December, I was able to meet with one of the DTM members to learn about their experience joining Americorps at DTM.
Rachel Ulrich, Education Coordinator through the Flint Community School Corps began her service at DTM in the fall. She has made quick strides to work with teachers to bring kindergarten students ABC interventions. Rachel’s enthusiasm for her work with students is contagious. She led me through her daily service of working with teachers to determine what students need the intervention, how she tracks student progress, and how she works to be a better tutor for the students. When I asked Rachel why she loves working with kids, she explained that students understanding how to read and write is critical for them to be able to tell their story in the future. This made sense for Rachel to care so much about telling one’s story as she majored in World Literature in her undergraduate degree. National Service is apart of Rachel’s family as her step-mom was the one who introduced her to National Service. Her step mom served in Alaska as a service member.
Rachel joins a long list of successful AmeriCorps members at DTM. The school employs many Flint Community School Corps Alum, a few of which are: Ms. Kathryn Hathaway, Ms. LaKisha Johnson, and Ms. Josie Lucas. These individuals bring a sense of purpose and service to their work supporting students within DTM. See attached AmeriCorps Member photo.