Fearless: Raksmeymony Yin
This summer, Raksmeymony Yin ’14, otherwise known as Rex, fearlessly taught from his own lesson plans, graded students’ papers, and organized brand new curriculums as one of twelve interns at the Breakthrough Collaborative in Philadelphia. During the nine-week program, Rex worked long hours in and outside of the classroom, effecting change by investing in the education of dozens of middle school students.
The Breakthrough Collaborative is an organization devoted to teaching underserved, high-achieving school students in cities across the country, preparing them for collegiate-level success by following the “students teaching students” education model.
While working with the Collaborative this summer, Rex not only served as the literature department head for the program, giving him the opportunity to teach both 7th and 8th grades, but also worked to develop his own multicultural arts club for students to learn about the languages, cultures and histories of other countries.
“The experience,” he says, “gave me a greater appreciation for the teaching profession.”
For Rex, teaching was a way to give back to the community, advance efforts to bridge educational disparities, and understand language and culture.
And his long hours and limited sleep were rewarded. In seeing his students’ successes and interest in his courses, “I felt like I was making a real, personal impact,” he says. “When I played review games with my students and looked through their homework assignments, I was so proud of all their improvement.”
Rex hopes to go back to Philadelphia, his home city, after graduation and continue to work within the education system there. In the nearer future, he will get the chance to fearlessly lead the Urban Education Reform Immersion Project to Baltimore during spring break this year as the Project Leader.
Today we’d also like to give a shout-out to all of the clubs and organisations on campus that are coming to the Activities Fair tonight from 5:00-7:00 pm on Stine Lake. They are coming together to get students engaged with different interests and issues on campus, in the community, and around the world.