Name: Bria Lee
Position: Student Support Assistant
My passion for wanting to educate youth who would have otherwise fell through the cracks within their respective communities.
What does your average day look like?
My average day is spent with the most adorable Kindergartener. Helping him to build his academic, cognitive, and social skills. My day starts off by organizing his schedule and making sure everything he may need is already set up for him before he walks into his classroom. Upon his arrival I verbally prompt him to put away his homework folder, lunch box, and backpack in the correct spots in order to support his self-sufficiency. Once he is settled I support him with providing visual supports for his day as well as with tools such as, handwriting without tears. I encourage him to verbally ask for what he needs using his designated sentence frames (I want, I need) and provide him with positive reinforcement when he does so. I encourage him to be an active participant within his classroom by prompting him to raise his hand when he wants to complete a classroom task (turning the lights on/off). I assist him with his day to day goals and track each of them so that he is able to see his success.
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey
Why do you do this work?
Everyone deserves the right to an education no matter the circumstances that they may face in their day to day lives. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. No one should be denied the right to an education simply because they may learn differently than others. I do this work to ensure that every child learns as much as they can.
What hope do you have for the future of All-In?
That it will continue to expand and build upon its practices.