Volunteer Interview: Academy

April 24, 2018

by Morgan Carrion, Assistant to the President

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we wanted to highlight a particular volunteer who has been a great help to us. Janet has been coming into the office twice a week since January. She supports IEA with everything from organization to developing teacher resource materials for our Academy program. We are incredibly grateful for the work that she does.

Here is a little about Janet:

  1. Where are you from?

I am originally from California, but lived in Minnesota for seven years, and recently moved back to this warm sunny state (happily escaping the long cold winters!).

  1. Describe your experience with education?

My journey in Education began when I was bitten by the travel bug after participating in Youth for Understanding for a summer during high school. That experience influenced my decision to pursue a degree in TESOL and I was lucky to have briefly taught abroad many years ago. I have always had a passion for the education field and how the brain develops, learns, and achieves creative feats. While in Minnesota, I worked with ESL and Early Education teachers as a trainer, and coach/consultant. These experiences changed my career direction towards Instructional Design.

  1. Why do choose to volunteer with gifted kids?

My interest in gifted education began when I did my student teaching in a  5th/6th grade G.A.T.E. classroom. I enjoyed the depth, complexity, and exchange of knowledge that can be shared with the students.  I choose to volunteer because I believe in making a difference in this world. I feel that one way I can contribute positively is by sharing my knowledge and experiences, and by helping children reach their full potential so they too can make a positive impact on society.

  1. What do you like to do for fun?

On my spare time I like to read, write poetry, Zumba, and explore other cultures.

In the words of Program Coordinator, Alexis Hopper: “Thank you for contributing your time, experience, skill and passion to IEA Academy, Janet! Your work to support our students, teachers, and staff has made an impact that is truly appreciated. Thank you for being a part of our team!”

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