Monthly Archives: August 2011

Q & A with Summer Intern Karisa Booth

(We are recognizing FLOC’s interns this summer by publishing blog posts about their experiences. Karisa Booth was the Lead Site Coordinator for the Summer Reading Program.)

Q: Where are you from?

A: Riverside, California

Q: What did you study in school?

A: I just graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in International Development and Geography.

Q: How did you hear about FLOC?

A: The Office of Community Service at GW. I started tutoring in October of 2010 in reading and math. I tutored at four different school sites. I was then asked to apply to be a Summer VISTA, and then they hired me after an interview.

Q: How do you think being a tutor helped prepare you for the internship?

A: I knew a lot about the organization and had hands-on experience. Through tutoring, you learn a lot.

Q: What is your favorite memory from the summer?

A: Watching relationships between tutors and kids grow, and seeing how much it means to the tutors. As a coordinator, I get to watch it every day.

Q: What attracted you to FLOC?

A: I wanted to work with kids, and I liked FLOC’s mission. A few teachers really helped me through school, so it’s nice to give back in that sense.

Q: What are your plans?

A: I’m looking for a full-time job, and maybe get a masters degree in a few years in international development.

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Hear from FLOC Parents

A new video was just added to FLOC’s YouTube page! Hear from two FLOC parents who share their inspirational stories.

A BIG thank you goes out to Veronica Lawrence and JoAnn Donaldson for participating in this project.

This video was made possible by the generous gifts of Interface Media Group and the videography of John L. Murphy.

Q & A with Summer Intern Meghan Crawford

(We are recognizing FLOC’s interns this summer by publishing blog posts about their experiences. Meghan Crawford was a Site Coordinator for the Math Program.)

Q: Where are you from?

A: Jamestown, Rhode Island

Q: Where do you go to school and what are you studying?

A: Furman University in South Carolina. I’m pursuing an Urban Studies major and an Environmental Science minor.

Q: What were your job duties this summer?

A: I was the math site coordinator. I offered tutor support, looked over lesson plans, and helped tutors and students with anything they were struggling with.

Q: What’s a favorite memory of the FLOC students?

A: One of the kids made up his own Mario Brothers game to math facts. That was pretty cool.

Q: What was something fun you did in DC?

A: I went to see the Rock of Ages musical with my 75-year-old grandmother.

Q & A with Summer Intern Christopher Walker

(We are recognizing FLOC’s interns this summer by publishing blog posts about their experiences. Christopher Walker was the Scholars Program intern and a math tutor.)

Q: Where are you from?

A: Pensacola, Florida

Q: Where do you go to school and what are you studying?

A: I go to the University of West Florida and I’m pursuing a dual major in Psychology and Religious Studies.

Q: How did you hear about FLOC?

A: Through the Washington Center. Of all the internships, this sounded like one I would enjoy the most. I have previous experience working with younger kids and my mom was a pre-kindergarten teacher.

Q: What are some of your job duties here?

A: I’m a math tutor and I’ve done some research for the Scholars program. I’ve been looking up scholarships and possible minority student programs at Midwestern colleges.

Q: What have you learned this summer?

A: I learned how to work socially, and how to set up goals. With tutoring, I learned how to motivate my student and keep them interested in what we were doing.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: Model-building, video games and reading classical literature like Mark Twain. I’m also trying to grasp quantum mechanics.

Q: What are your plans after college?

A: I want to work on my masters in psychology, and go for a doctorate in neuropsychology.

Q & A with Summer Intern Michael Buono

(We are recognizing FLOC’s interns this summer by publishing blog posts about their experiences. Michael Buono was the Site Coordinator for the Reading Program.)

Q: Where do you go to school?

A: I attend The Heights School in Potomac. I will be a senior next year.

Q: Have you tutored before?

A: I had been a tutor at TAP (Tenley Achievement Program). It was mostly tutoring one-on-one in math and reading to 1st and 2nd graders, but not as structured as FLOC.

Q: What are some challenges you overcame this summer?

A: The hardest part was the week or two before programs started. We were calling people, enrolling, racing against the clock. It was a little more pressure.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories from the internship?

A: The OEC trip was fun. I’ve never done team-building before, or kayaking.

Q: What would you like to study in college?

A: I’m leaving everything open, but will probably minor in music. I like to play the piano.

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington » 7 Questions – Tim Payne (For Love of Children)

The Catalogue for Philanthropy just posted a feature on FLOC Executive Director Tim Payne!

Read about his experiences as a tutor and the advice he would give to anyone starting out in the educational nonprofit field.

In addition, learn what’s in store for FLOC this fall!

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington » 7 Questions – Tim Payne (For Love of Children).

Q & A with Summer Intern Eva Hoffman

(We are recognizing FLOC’s interns this summer by publishing blog posts about their experiences. Eva Hoffman is the Lead Site Coordinator for the Math Program this summer.)

Q: Where are you from?

A: Bayside, New York

Q: Where do you go to school?

A: I’m a rising junior at The George Washington University. I study political science with a concentration in public policy.

Q: How did you first become involved in FLOC?

A: I was a tutor in the spring of 2010 and then an intern in September of 2010. This past summer I became an AmeriCorps Summer VISTA.

Q: What is your job description at FLOC?

A: I’m the lead site coordinator for the summer math academy. I help coordinate student-tutor pairs and facilitate the curriculum with the students.

Q: What’s a challenge you’ve overcome this summer?

A: Learning to work with different styles of communication. I’m a direct person, so I try to be efficient but not lengthy.

Q: What are your plans after college?

A: Something in the nonprofit field, education policy or advocacy. I want to make a difference in the community person-to-person.

Q: What was something fun you did in DC this summer?

A: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival.