The Team Read team is growing! Earlier this month we welcomed a new Program Assistant, Shaunice Wilson. She will be supporting our coaches and strengthening relationships with the middle and high schools in Seattle where we recruit coaches each semester.

Tell us a bit about your background and what inspired you to join Team Read.

I was inspired to join Team Read having been a tutor myself. Being within the classroom setting and leading extended learning sessions, I understand the importance and benefit to having tutoring that not only mirrors what’s happening in the classroom, but is tailored to individual student needs; meeting them where they are at on the learning curve.

What part of your job are you most excited about?

I am most excited about working with high school students and the Ambassador program! Most of my experience has been with younger children (birth- 5th grade), so I still have a lot to learn, but look forward to growing their leadership skills and helping them plan for their own futures.

Do you have any goals/aspirations for Team Read that you’d like to accomplish in your role?

In my role, I would like to accomplish the following:

  • Grow the ambassador program—Still working out the specifics of what this program will look like, but I hope to have teens from various backgrounds (reflective of the community we serve) provide their expertise as it relates to our programming model to help identify areas for growth.
  • Build/ grow relationships with the middle/ high schools we recruit from—A big part of my role is recruitment and I am hoping to both build and strengthen relationships with the schools we are working with so more teachers can know about the program, call me in for presentations and even refer students who they think would be a great fit.

And just for fun… what’s your favorite children’s book?

I couldn’t pick one, but my two favorite children’s books are A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon and Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen.