Monday, August 27, 2018

Welcoming Ms. Arielle!

Hi there! My name is Ms. Arielle. I am excited to be joining the ALEC family as the Youth Development Coordinator, and am coming to you all the way from Philadelphia!

After meeting Ms. Maggie and reading about all of the amazing Education Coordinators of the past, I have noticed I certainly have some big shoes to fill! I am looking forward to meeting all of the Brashear Kids and their families, and to learning more about your community. I’m new to not only Brashear and ALEC, but also to Pittsburgh! Any help along the way as I navigate these new adventures will be greatly appreciated.

A little bit about me, I am a Midwestern Girl who was born and raised in the great, corn-filled state of Indiana! For college, I ventured to Temple University in the heart of Philadelphia where I learned about the city, the community, and most importantly – the kids! There I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, earning me a spot as a certified Pre-K – 4 teacher. When I was studying to become a teacher, I worked in the Philadelphia Public Schools, and learned a whole lot from the teachers, principals, and students. When I got closer to finishing my degree, I decided that I wanted to learn more about how public schools work and operate, and how to help improve them. Because of this, I chose to continue on with schooling right away to work on my Masters. I hopped on over to the West Side of Philly, where I earned my Masters in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Me in Downtown Philly.....
... and me in a world completely
 different from Philly... Indiana!!
While in college, I spent a lot of time being active in and around the community through volunteering and leadership roles. For example, I worked at a non-profit who provides free writing summer camps and after school programs to kids in Philly, I volunteered as a teaching assistant in a math class to prepare military veterans to begin college, and I served as the vice president of my sorority. Needless to say, I love keeping busy! 

My sorority at a retreat in Lancaster, PA. Can you find me? :) 
When I’m not working, I like to adventure for fun! I love going for a walk, run, or bike ride in a place that is new to me, and moseying around to discover new things. I LOVE games, ice breakers, playing, and all things fun! With that being said, I also am a firm believer in structure, enrichment, and development for learners of all ages. I am constantly bouncing around, and am looking forward to meeting some kiddos to match my energy. 

I absolutely loved my time in Philadelphia and the kids I met along the way. I have no doubt that I will fall in love with Pittsburgh just as much as the City of Brotherly Love (or maybe even a little more ;) ) While I will certainly miss Miss Maggie, I am looking forward to having the help of Miss Dianna, Miss Christa, and the rest of the amazing staff!

I cannot wait to get started, to meet everyone, and to get to know the community!

Signing off for now,



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