At the beginning of my senior year, I was looking for a part-time job to earn some earn some money; luckily I learned about Team Read.
Team Read is a non-profit organization that partners with school districts and public libraries to help kids who are below reading level. Seattle Team Read has been around since 1998 while Highline Team Read just started in the 2016-2017 school year. Team Read hires students from grades 8 through 12, this means that students have the chance to gain job experience at a younger age.
When I first heard about this job opportunity I was excited because not only did I need a part time job to earn some extra cash, I was also excited to be working with kids. My goal is to become a teacher and by joining Team Read I knew I would gain skills that I wouldn’t learn until I was actually working in a classroom.
Before actually getting to work with the kids, I had to attend a training in order to be fully prepared to help the kids with their reading. Although, when my first day actually came I didn’t feel fully prepared. Training to be a reading coach is not the same as actually working with a student one on one, although I got the hang of it pretty quickly. Once I understood the rhythm of things I began to look forward to my tuesdays and thursdays. I started back in November but once December hit I began to have trouble in my math class, but because Team Read is on Tuesdays and Thursdays I wasn’t able to attend math tutoring after school because they happened to fall on the same days as Team Read.
Being a part of Team Read has been an amazing experience and although I was only able to be a part of it for three months, I am extremely grateful to have joined. Becoming a reading coach not only taught me how to understand kids, it also reassured my desire to become a teacher. Team Read isn’t just for teens who want to someday become a teacher like me, it is an amazing opportunity to learn something new and earn some money.