Below is an excerpt from a recent interview with Markham Middle School 8th grade math teacher Julie Resurreccion. Ms. Resurreccion – known as "Ms. Res" – has partnered with City Year all six years we’ve served at Markham. AmeriCorps members describe her as “one of the most caring teachers,” pointing to examples of her using her own money to transform her classroom into a “Math Café,” helping plan the Winter Talent Show with City Year, and allowing her room to be used for City Year’s After-School Program.
As one AmeriCorps member summed up, “She’s the bomb!”
Q. How does City Year help build a positive school culture and climate?
A. In all of the years I have worked with City Year, I have observed them work with children, parents, and the entire school community with such pride and a positive outlook about learning. City Year corps members are eager to provide support in all capacity and in collaboration with our school leaders.
Q. How does having a City Year mentor in a student’s life make a difference?
A. In the case of Markham, where generational struggles exist in both socio-economics and academics, mentorship is fundamental to a student’s success. Most often, a mentor fills the absence of a male/female role model in a child's life. City Year’s mentorship approach impacts students’ academic and behavioral success, and ultimately their thinking around long-term goals, such as college and career.
Q. In your own words, why is City Year’s work necessary?
A. City Year’s core principle of serving in underserved urban schools has impacted entire communities. City Year’s "Whole School, Whole Child" model creates sustainable change that empowers the larger population