Q & A with Summer Associate Daniel Peek

(FLOC welcomes new staff each summer. In this miniseries, we are recognizing our summer associates and interns by publishing blog posts about their experiences. Daniel Peek is a Site Coordinator for the Summer Reading Academy.)

Q: Where are you from?

I was born in St Louis, MO, but I’ve lived in Northern Virginia since kindergarten and that’s where I live now.

Q: Where do you go to school and what do you study?

I go to school at Davidson College in North Carolina. I’m a psychology major.

Q: How did you hear about FLOC?

I heard about the ExxonMobil internship and then applied to a few organizations [through the program]. This was my top choice.

Q: What is your job description at FLOC?

I am a site coordinator, [so] I oversee the volunteers for the reading program. I make sure that they have everything they need and that all the [tutor-student] pairs are working well on program days. On non-program days, I am usually inputting data, checking lesson plans, and…just generally making sure program is running well.

Q: What have you learned?

I’ve learned a lot about what strategies to use to help kids learn; things that work and things that don’t work. Bouncing ideas and trying new things. I’ve also learned to be patient and that when something doesn’t work, try something new.

Q: What are some of the challenges you’ve faced this summer?

It was hard at first to get accustomed. There were a lot of meetings and there was a lot of information. I was really nervous when program started, because I had all of this information given to me really quickly. After seeing program a couple of times and getting the hang how things work, everything settled in.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

I’ve played sports all my life. I played basketball and soccer in high school, and now I play soccer at Davidson. I love watching movies, any type of action or comedy movie.

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