Kids today have a lot of challenges, according to Clarke Central High School Chemistry teacher Kimberlyn Jackson.
She believes internet access means they are more in tune with situations and circumstances and, because of this, they may need additional support inside and outside of the classroom.
FC-CIS sat down with Kimberlyn to discuss the challenges students face and how FC-CIS help bridge gaps between teachers and students.
FC-CIS: How important are the Site Coordinators when it comes to helping teachers?
KIMBERLYN: Just their presence, I think, has made the biggest difference for us, as faculty here, but also their presence for the students. Just knowing they are available and you can count on them if you have a student that is hungry or has a need. If a student needs a haircut, I can collaborate with them to get the student the resources they need. That’s been priceless.
FC-CIS: Do you have personal experiences with the Site Coordinators?
KIMBERLYN: I had a student that would come in every day with a cap on- and I don’t allow students to wear caps in my class. This particular student was awesome, very respectful. I was able to collaborate with Mr. Robinson in getting him money every month to get a haircut. He was very receptive, very compliant with, ‘Yes ma’am, I won’t wear a cap in your class.” And he was very appreciative. Little things like that also help you to form relationships with students so that you can get the other academic stuff that they need. These are the kinds of things that Site Coordinators do for us. Help us to remove barriers, so we can do the work we need to do in the classroom.
FC-CIS: How do they help on the academics side?
KIMBERLYN: We had one of our students to lose his mother. He was a senior, and it was the last month of school. He had to get through finals, and our coordinators stepped up and made sure that the student had support from peers and from everyone else to get through and graduate on time. You see the need for students, but there’s only so much you can do as a classroom teacher. It’s really like having an extra man on the field.
FC-CIS: Personal relationships are key.
KIMBERLYN: The two coordinators are awesome. Not saying another person couldn’t do it- but the key is in the way THEY do it.
If they identify a problem, they are looking for a solution. Sometimes it’s just being there that makes such a difference.
To learn more about Kimberlyn’s experiences, please watch the video.
For more information on the Site Coordinators, please visit the Site Coordinators page.