AmeriCorps Member

June 2019 / Member of the Month

Emily

ESL Instructor

LEAF Program

  1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program at AHS?
    Every day at AHS is so multicultural it’s like a travelling around the world. I also really enjoy that we help people from other countries to thrive in Chicago.
  1. What motivates you as an ESL Instructor?
    I welcome how personal the job can be. I really get to know my clients and see how they are positively impacted by my service. 
  1. What’s your favorite thing about living in Chicago?
    I enjoy big cities which are full of art, history, and culture… but also being close enough to my family in Michigan to visit with ease. 
  1. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
    Learning, Connecting, and Thriving 
  1. What impact do you hope to make in your service?
    I want my clients to feel confident navigating English situations in their lives.
  1. What impact do the students you serve have on you?
    They have treated me with such compassion and kindness. They inspire me to think deeply, live with perseverance, and love others. 
  1. What’s an AmeriCorps memory you’ll hold onto?
    It’s too hard to pick…every day seems like another important memory. 
  1. What are you most proud of so far in your service?
    I’m proud of all the hours I’ve put into this project (almost 1,400 as of now). I can look back at this time in my life and know I devoted it to serving others.
  1. Where do you see yourself post-AmeriCorps?
    I’m job hunting now with a variety of possible paths.

Bonus questions!

  1. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
    I’d master some of the STEM subjects because I’d like to be more engaged in technology, science, and math especially as a young woman.
  1. Where would you most like to travel to?
    I would travel everywhere… but Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru are pretty high on the list.
  1. If you could go back in time, what year or period would you travel to?
    I’d see the Americas before Europeans arrived.
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