The end is near for Promise Corps and this has been an experience that I will never forget. Coming into Promise Corps I had no idea what to expect, although I did read the description on Indeed, I still had no idea what I was in store for. However, Promise Corps has exceeded any expectation I had. The students I have come across, the teachers, the staff, the other Promise Corps members, and Bethany, Kerry, and Leya have made this journey memorable.
Working with the 10th and 11th graders this past school year has taught me a lot. If I were to go into teaching I know for a fact that I would want to teach 11th grade because it is such a critical grade in high school. I have learned so much from my students and I can only hope they have learned from me as well. Whenever I think about my students, I think about an 11th grader who I developed a close relationship with throughout the year. In the beginning this student’s anxiety prevented us from having any kind of communication to develop any kind of relationship. However, as the year went on, this student slowly but surely came out of his shell, especially after learning that I too have anxiety. Now, we communicate with one another better, he is more open to participating in class, his grades have even gotten better, and I finally got him to come into the Promise Corps room.
Getting him to come into the Promise Corps was a big deal because there are days when I am not able to come to his classes, so the fact that he came to me spoke volumes, especially considering his anxiety and how shy he is. It’s memories like that will have a lasting effect and will stay with me forever. Seeing this student’s progress from October until now has been one of my biggest accomplishments as a CCA, and I know whoever his CCA is next year will be lucky to work with him.
– Shaquana Gantt, College & Career Ambassador at School of the Future