Summer Spotlight: Week 5

Janeseey SimonJaneseey Simon

Teaching Assistant of the Week
College Success Academy

Hometown: Boston
Favorite hobbies: Playing the violin
Favorite book: Kindred by Octavia Butler
If I could have one super power it would be: The ability to read people’s minds
Interesting fact: I can read upside down
This summer I taught: Math to rising filth graders
What is your favorite part of working with Steppingstone?: I performed skits with my fellow TAs each week during community time, and having Scholars guess what theme the skit was communicating for the week was very fun!
Do you feel like you have been able to make an impact this summer?:  I do feel like I made an impact while working with the fifth graders this summer. When they were assigned to work on Khan Academy they had many questions for me on how to solve a certain problem, and I would have them focus on what the picture tells them or what numbers are important in order to solve it. After a few days of practice I could see that they were following my example to solve the problem they couldn’t do before.
What have you learned during your time with Steppingstone?: I learned that kids just want your time and attention so it’s important to give it to them in the most positive and influential way.

Rakesh BuchanRakesh Buchan

Teaching Assistant of the Week
The Steppingstone Academy

Hometown: Boston
Colleges I’m interested in attending: Wentworth Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Northeastern
Favorite hobbies: Teaching myself to play musical instruments within my religion
If I could have one super power it would be: Time travel
Interesting fact: I walked the roads of Pompeii in Italy during April 2014
This summer I taught: Math
What is your favorite part of working with Steppingstone?: My favorite part is towards the end of the summer, when I get to see the Scholars show their talents during elective showcase.
Do you feel like you have been able to make an impact this summer?: I feel like I have been able to make an impact on the Scholars by giving them study tips as well as broadening their understanding of high school.
What have you learned during your time with Steppingstone?: I was able to recognize that each Scholar wanted to attend college not because someone told them they have to go, but because they all have a dream they want to achieve.