By MinhAn Nguyen, AALEAD Elementary School Program Intern
Photos Courtesy of MinhAn Nguyen, AALEAD Elementary School Program Intern
48 hours! That is the approximate amount of time I have left in Washington D.C. before leaving the capital, the East Coast, and, most importantly, my internship with AALEAD.
My experience working as an Elementary School Program Intern has been amazing! I could not have asked for a better staff to work with. Since Day One, everyone – from the administrative to the on-site staff – has been very welcoming and supportive. That’s how I knew that I made the right decision to spend the past 11 weeks working with AALEAD!
As for the students, their soaring energy and curiosity reminded me of the reasons why I am passionate about education every day. Aside from learning how to plan lessons and manage the classroom, working with the students has taught me so many things about youth that I was not aware of before.
For example, a box of candy will give you more authority in the classroom than anything else you can think of. I also learned countless riddles, became a hangman expert, and experienced what it is like to be a kid again!
However, on a more serious note, working with these students and learning about each and every one of them has helped me recognize that these students have the potential to become something great, and I believe AALEAD is instrumental in helping these students get to where they want to be.
Although my internship with AALEAD is coming to an end, the memories with AALEAD and everything that I have learned here will always be with me as I continue on!
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” –Henry Miller