Interview with Kwabena, Our Newest Program Manager

 

DSC_3904You might recognize Kwabena as a former T4A Lead Tutor and Program Coordinator. Kobe has risen through our ranks and become an integral member of our team. He sat down with us earlier this week so we could get to know him better.

T4A: What is your full name?

KBA: Kwabena Boaten Adusei

T4A: Which partner school are you working at?

KBA: Currently I work at the Tobin School, as well as Codman Academy.

T4A: Where did you go to college?

KBA: I’m a Senior at Tufts University, graduating in May.

T4A: Congratulations! That’s a great school. What did you study?

KBA: My two areas of focus as an undergrad are Clinical Psychology and Spanish.

T4A: What’s your hometown?

KBA: Kumasi, Ghana. But my American hometown is Springfield, MA.

T4A: When did you start working with Tutors for All?

KBA: I came on-board as a Lead Tutor in the fall of 2012. I stayed on in that capacity for the full academic year. Then I worked in the Bicentennial Scholars program at MGH over the summer. I continued on to be a Program Coordinator at Jackson Mann, and now I am a Program Manager at Tobin.

T4A: That’s quite a rapid rise! So, who do you draw inspiration from in education?

KBA: {Chuckles} Teachers. Because teachers have the hardest job. Kids aren’t held to the same standards as adults. And you know, not only do teachers have to do the business of teaching kids, they also have to deal with behavioral issues and emotional issues that aren’t really in their job title.

T4A: Do you have a favorite quote?

KBA: Yes! And it’s in Spanish: “Poco a poco, se va lejos.” And it translates to “little by little one gets far.” That, and a stitch in time saves nine.

T4A: Nice! Totally appropriate as a Program Manager!

KBA: Oh yeah, absolutely! That’s something my mom always said to me.

T4A: Favorite band / musician?

KBA: I would say Dave Matthews Band is my favorite band, but my favorite musician is Jay-Z.

T4A: What’s one interesting fact about you?

KBA: I currently write Spanish poetry. I also am hugely into sports, and would have played soccer in college, but I chose academics over athletics, which everyone should!

T4A: So did you play club or varsity sports?

KBA: I played soccer all four years in high school as well as baseball and basketball until junior year of high school. Then I started focusing on track, which I continued through my sophomore year of college. I still play soccer in the summer- a bunch of friends of mine put together a men’s league, so that’s been fun.

T4A: What’s your favorite thing about Tutors for All?

KBA: The impact! Our mission is to Bridge the Achievement Gap and as a Program Manager you always feel like there are things to get done, or things to change, but then you see the enthusiasm in the students and you hear from the teachers and the administrators at schools. Well, they’re always excited and love how things are playing out and that immediate impact is what matters the most.

2 thoughts on “Interview with Kwabena, Our Newest Program Manager

  1. Mark Destler Post author

    Thanks in turn for your support of Kobe and of all of the Tufts work-study students who’ve made a difference over the years, Joanne!

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