In the last week, we said goodbye to two of our Staff Members: Hannah DeAngelis and Liz Marshall, who are off to new adventures. Before they left, we had the opportunity to talk with them about their experience working at Tutors for All.
What has your role been at T4A?
Hannah: “I have been the Program Manager for the Tobin and YMCA programs.”
Liz: “I have been the Tutor Support Coordinator managing tutor recruitment, marketing, and tutor support for the organization.”
What drew you to work with Tutors for All this past year?
Hannah: “I was looking for a position where I could be a partner to schools and get to build meaningful relationships with both adults and students. As a former classroom teacher, I really believe in the power of building one on one relationships in order for students to get the academic and personal support they need. I really believe in T4A’s ability to provide this support through tutor/student partnerships.”
Liz: “After being accepted into the Life Together program (a social justice fellowship for young adults based out of the Episcopal Church) last Spring, I interviewed with several justice focused organizations in the Boston area. In college, I studied education and worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Through both of those experiences, I saw the importance of individualized academic and emotional support for kids and working at Tutors for All seemed like the perfect fit for my interests! T4A’s model of instruction really excited me from the beginning and has continued to impress me throughout the year.”
Do you have a favorite moment from this year?
Hannah: “One of our Tobin tutors worked with a middle school student all year who presented some challenges in terms of attendance, skill level and attitude. The tutor showed up every single day and was consistently positive and encouraging towards his student, regardless of her demeanor or tendency to skip class. When asked to list her tutor’s strengths on the end of semester evaluation this student wrote, ‘he doesn’t give up on me.'”
Liz: “As the person who was in charge of tutor recruitment and marketing for the organization, it was really important that I understand our tutoring programs and one of the best ways to do that was by tutoring at Tobin. This spring, I worked with an 8th Grade Tobin student named Jean who struggled with his multiplication tables so we started practicing and timing them every day. Our goal was to be able to do 25 multiplication tables in under five minutes. On the first day, it took him 11 minutes to get through 25 multiplication problems. By the third day, he did 25 tables in 4 minutes and 30 seconds. He told me that he had gone home and practiced them over and over so that we would be able to reach our goal. And that put a huge smile on my face!”
How do you think you have grown working with us? Have you learned anything about education or working at a non-profit?
Hannah: “I have absolutely grown in my management abilities. I have learned a lot about how to build strong teams of tutors who are excited about developing their skills as educators and learning from each other.”
Liz: “I have grown so much in my ability to communicate and manage several different projects at once. It has been so valuable to understand all the different aspects that go into running a non-profit and have had hands-on experience working on many of them.”
What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Hannah: “Dance with my lovely Spontaneous Celebrations dance folks. And hike around in the best home state in world, Maine.”
Liz: “As part of the Life Together program, I live in intentional community. And I absolutely love when our community cooks and eats delicious food together every week! I also love to sing, dance, kick-box and have recently gotten into Pilates.”
What are your plans and goals for the next chapter of your lives?
Hannah: “I am in the middle of a move to Maine to be the Assistant Program Director of Refugee and Immigration Services, a huge shift for me and a position where I will put those management skills into practice! 5 year plan I am looking to be in schools for the long haul, either as a counselor or social worker.”
Liz: “I am staying on for a second year in the Life Together program as an Emmaus Fellow, which means that I will work part-time doing capacity building for Life Together as an organization (specifically fundraising) while working almost full-time at St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Quincy. St. C’s houses the Episcopal Chinese Cultural Center for Boston so I am going to be spending some time teaching there along with working for the church itself. I’m discerning whether I want to go to school for a dual Masters in Social Work and Divinity so this will be an awesome opportunity to explore that.”