AmeriCorps Member

Katie Binhack

ELL Assistant

Passages Charter School

  1. Katie BihackWhy were you interested in returning to our AmeriCorps program for a 2nd year?
    I wanted to take the skills I learned last year and continue to build upon them. I also wanted to work with the students again.
  1. What continues to motivate you as an ELL Assistant?
    Seeing my students progress and working through problems with them.  
  1. What is one student story or relationship that has been especially meaningful for you?
    Seeing my students who were new, finally come out of their shell and build meaningful relationships with their fellow students while hitting their stride in their schoolwork.
  1. What do you hope to give to the students you serve?
    I work with older students this year, and I hope they gain independence and the ability to use critical thinking skills when doing independent work.
  1. How have you grown or been impacted during your service?
    I am always struck by how little I know about their culture. They push me to never stop learning and keep reading so I can be a better advocate but also well informed. And they challenge me to stay compassionate even on the hard days.  
  1. What are you most proud of in your service?
    Ultimately, I am proud of the fact that I see my students grow academically but also in their personal lives. I am happy that I can be a positive presence in their lives and help them become the best version of themselves.  

Bonus questions!

  1. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    Probably fries, or anything made from potatoes.  
  1. Where would you most like to travel to?
    I would really like to go to Mongolia. I want to see the vast open lands out there, and ride horses and explore the country since it is not heavily traveled to.  
  1. What is your favorite holiday and why?
    My favorite holiday is the Indianapolis 500, it’s the one time of year where my whole family and many friends come together in one place. No holiday matches the excitement or love I have while at the 500. I grew up going to IndyCar races, so it holds a very special and important place in my heart.
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