Events, Interns, Neighborhood Tutoring Program, News, Staff Perspectives

My first month at FLOC: Learning on the Go in Summer Tutoring

Students, FLOC staff and Wilkie staff who came together for Trivia-Scream
Students, FLOC staff and Wilkie staff who came together for Trivia-Scream

I am super excited to write my first blog as the new Bilingual Program Coordinator at FLOC. Although I have only been here for a month, I have participated in several fun activities and have observed some amazing tutor-student pairs. For example, I helped to coordinate the Trivia-Scream trip to Willkie Farr and Gallagher LLP, which was a lot of fun. The trivia questions brought back memories of watching the Magic School Bus cartoon show and reading Junie B. Jones books as a child. The students were so engaged in trying to answer the questions (and highly energized by all the ice cream) that they even attempted questions that I did not know the answer to – like how many pillars are on the Lincoln memorial?

Tutor-Student pair
Tutor-Student pair

Other than that trip, I helped to supervise both the Summer Math and Reading programs. As a supervisor, I got to see tutors and their students creatively tackle concepts while still having fun. Before I actually supervised, the interns told me that the only thing I could really prepare for was my flexibility – I needed to be open to trying new things and problem solving in different ways. It wasn’t until program started that I realized what that actually meant. I commend the interns and the tutors for running around, speaking to parents, getting supplies, testing students, sending feedback forms/congratulations certificates, getting snacks, and setting up the store, among other things. It was obvious to me how invested the tutors were in trying to help their students, especially as they stood nervously outside of the Fishbowl rooms as their students tested each day.

The last day of program was very emotional because I knew that the interns were leaving and that program would not start again for another couple of months. I had relied heavily on the interns to get me up to speed on the ins-and-outs of FLOC because of how competent they were and how willing they were to help me. It was very sad to see them go! What was great about the last few days, however, was administering the post-test. While I did not have the pleasure of grading all the tests, the interns let me know that a great number of our students made improvements this summer – which is excellent news!

All in all, I am glad I was able to start during the summer program because it gave some insight as to what the school year will bring. Hopefully, I will get to see some of the same hardworking tutors and students I met this summer at my programs!

(Aurin Agramonte is the NTP Bilingual Program Coordinator at  FLOC) 

Interns, News

The Neighborhood Tutoring Program Welcomes Spring Interns

The Neighborhood Tutoring Program is excited to announce that we have two new interns from The Washington Center that will be working with us this semester. You’ll be seeing Ashleigh as a Site Coordinator for the Tubman Elementary and Saturday Morning tutoring programs. Lindsay will be a Site Coordinator in the Thursday Night program and will be assisting on new curriculum updates as our Curriculum Intern. So you can get to know them, here is a bit about our new interns in their own words:

My name is Ashleigh Stackpoole and I am currently a senior at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. I recently moved to Washington D.C. for an internship program through the Washington Center. I have never lived outside of New York before so I am very excited to experience Washington D.C. I chose to intern with FLOC because I am extremely passionate about achieving equality for children and young adults within our education system. I believe that education is the key to success and to have the opportunity to be a part of an organization that works to provide this for our children is invaluable.

My name is Lindsay Davis. I am originally from Chesterfield, South Carolina and am currently a junior at Coker College. I am now interning with FLOC through The Washington Center, an academic internship program in Washington, D.C. I am very excited to have the chance to work at FLOC because it will be perfect preparation for the future. I am majoring in Elementary Education, love working with children, and one day want to be a teacher!

On behalf of all of us at FLOC, welcome Ashleigh and Lindsay!

(Kyla Wasserman is the NTP Curriculum Coordinator.)

Interns, News, Staff Perspectives

FLOC says Goodbye to Fall 2011 Intern Ana

For Love of Children’s fall 2011 programs were made possible by the concerted efforts of dedicated volunteers, interns, and staff. As often as possible, we like to acknowledge the work of individuals whose outstanding contributions have made a positive impact on our programs.

One such individual is outgoing intern Ana Turco-Rivas. Ana, a freshperson atAmericanUniversity, interned with FLOC for the 2011 fall semester. As a site coordinator, she facilitated the math tutoring program atRossElementary Schooland the Saturday math tutoring program at FLOC.

A native ofVenezuela, Ana had some initial concerns about the amount of English writing that would be required of her as a Site Coordinator, but she took on assignments without reservation and responded to the demands of the position with great poise. Ana made invaluable contributions not only to our programs but also to the organization by helping with our recruitment initiatives, the student intake process, and occasionally leading parent orientations in Spanish.

Ana’s good attitude, idiosyncratic taste in music, and commitment to our students will be missed, but we wish her the best as she dedicates herself to her studies and finishes her first year of college.

(Joaquin Carbonell is the NTP Program Coordinator.)


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.


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.