We will soon be saying farewell for the school year to two of our summer teaching assistants. Both young men, Adam Hurd and David Jacobs, have been an influential part of the children and staff at the Neighborhood House. Adam and David are entering their senior year at Buffalo State College. Both are studying childhood education, grades one to six, and are members of the Buffalo State Bengals football team. Education is what Neighborhood House prides itself on: the opportunity to have college students, who will be tomorrow’s teachers, is wonderful. Not only are Adam and David learning and receiving a chance to exercise the skills they’ve learned from school, they are also teaching the children and their co-workers valuable lessons. Each of them were given an assignment to do one week of lesson-planning that needed to be revised by our executive director, Kelly Guy, and then taught to our summer program, consisting of children entering grades one through six.

Adam’s lesson plan was on mathematics. Throughout the week he had the children learning addition and subtraction involving counting money and multiplication. He also worked on learning to tell time, taking measurement and, on the final day, reviewing his lesson. Adam says that his favorite part about working at Neighborhood House is just being around the children. When asked what he will take with him from his experience with us, he responded, “Becoming a teacher will be a lot more than teaching the curriculum; it will also involve teaching about life-related situations.” Adam will be a part of Neighborhood House when school is out, and we can’t wait to have him back next summer.

David’s lesson plan was “sports week,” incorporating teamwork, honesty, trust and sportsmanship while teaching the fundamentals of baseball, basketball and football. David says that it’s difficult to choose the best part of Neighborhood House, but if he had to, it would be seeing the children absorb the things he’s taught them and sharing that moment with them. David was also asked what he would take with him from Neighborhood House, and he responded, “I have learned that children will respond positively or negatively based on how you approach them. Every child is unique in their own way, and they learn very differently from one another. Knowing my students and developing a strong relationship with them will be the key to my success as a teacher and a role model.”

We look forward to continue working with Adam and David; as Kelly Guy says, “Watching Adam and David work with the children is inspiring because they have that fresh approach. They are willing to change, learn and be flexible, bringing to the table innovative ideas and excitement. They both have a natural teaching ability and demeanor with the children.” We wish Adam and David the best of luck in the upcoming school year and want to thank them for their hard work.

Caitlyn Anderson is the marketing director of Neighborhood House in Auburn, which offers day care and before- and after-school programming to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.

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