This Monday we’ve got a very special Montage courtesy of one of our newest City Year Chicago corps members, Michelle Moon. Michelle serves as her team’s Outreach Coordinator at the Howe School of Excellence and she’s excited today to share how her team’s recent Teacher Meet & Greet made a real splash!
When our City Year team serving at the Howe School of Excellence planned for their first Teacher Meet & Greet, we aimed to exceed the teachers’ expectations of a typical bagel and coffee breakfast. We wanted the teachers to feel special and delighted in another year of partnership.
As a major strength of the team was having accomplished bakers, chefs, and decorators, team Howe decided to center the event on gourmet foods in an aesthetically pleasing room. The theme and activity of the event evolved into a date-like setting, with the room decorated in table clothes, seashells, and (unlit) candles. The team was unofficially wooing the teachers.
Our menu included croissant hummus turkey sandwiches, feta chicken pizza, fruit kabobs, chocolate covered strawberries, and roasted vegetables. With all the food laid out, it was show time and the seven 6th-7th grade teachers filled in and grabbed a plate.
After food, a corps member ushered them to a seat with a card along one side of a long table. The corps members sat on the other side to begin an activity of “speed dating” / “getting to know your teacher.” Our team leader, Primo Lasana, read questions for the corps members and the teachers to answer such as, “If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would it be?” and “Why did you go into teaching or why are you serving as a corps member?” After each question, the corps members wrote on the cards about their excitement to work with the teachers.
At the end of the Meet & Greet, the Assistant Vice Principal at Howe, Daphne Sherrod, extended her gratitude and excitement for the new year with City Year and noted that this introductory Meet & Greet was “one of the more impressive introductions” they have ever had with City Year!
See all the photos from our event here!
Michelle Moon is a first-year corps member serving at the Howe School of Excellence in the Austin community on Chicago’s west side. Michelle is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a recent graduate of Emory University.