By David Oh, AALEAD Development & Communications Intern
Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff
Check out the latest “Staff Spotlight” on our very own DC Programs Manager Micah Shearer! She has been part of the Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) staff for five years now. Oh snap! Read on to get the scoop on Ms. Micah.
Q: What made you decide to work for AALEAD?
A: I would say several threads have winded together that has brought me to AALEAD. I have lived in China before and I really enjoyed working with the youth there. I also have some teaching experience as well in which I was an English teacher in China at a private university. I decided to work for AALEAD because it seemed like a great opportunity for me to mesh my current passions and experiences with the goals and passions of AALEAD.
Q: What has been the most rewarding thing so far about AALEAD?
A: I would say the most rewarding thing about AALEAD so far is that I have been here for five years. In those five years, I have been able to see students change-especially the fifth grade students. The fifth grade students are particularly a great challenge for me. It is great to see some of the fifth grade students come back after they graduate and appreciate the AALEAD program. Overall, it has been great to be a part of AALEAD for five years because I was able to see several students grow and gain new perspectives of AALEAD.
Q: Do you have a nick name that your students have made for you?
A: I have two main nick names from my students. The two nick names are Mr. Bubbles and Ms. Rachel. The background story behind this is that there are 90 plus student names I have to remember. I am not very good with names, but I am good with faces and personalities. I have made a deal with my students that whenever I get someone’s name wrong, they are allowed to call me whatever they want for the day. The two favorite nick names are Mr. Bubbles and Ms. Rachel. Some students like to use the name Ms. Rachel because that is the name of my younger sister. There are a lot of students with siblings and I sometimes make the mistake of calling a student by their sibling’s name. This is why some students like to call me Ms. Rachel.
Q: If you could have one superpower what would it be?
A: One superpower I would like is the ability to stop time because there is so much to get done but never enough time!
Q: What is your current favorite hobby?
A: My current hobby is building tabletops. It has been very hectic lately because there are a lot of events that are coming up. One in particular is my wedding that is going to be in April. My current hobby is building tabletops because I want to build tabletops for my own wedding. I have built four so far and need to build four more!
Q: What is your favorite TV show?
A: I do not really have an all-time favorite TV show, but I would say lately, I have been enjoying the TV show “The Walking Dead”.
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