By Chanelle Green AmeriCorps member, Mendez High School
John Cerezo is a Biology and Physical Science teacher at Mendez High School in Boyle Heights. He is new to Mendez High School, but not new to working with City Year — previously he worked at Stevenson Middle School where he taught AVID classes with the help of City Year AmeriCorps members.
Q: How have you seen City Year impact Mendez High School?
A: I definitely noticed a huge impact on the school culture. City Year members make sure all stakeholders contribute to student achievement and give big support to the administration, teachers and students.
Q: How does having a City Year mentor in a student's life make a difference?
A: It allows students to receive differentiated instruction. City Year members target students that need the most help —that is difficult for teachers to address or to notice. It helps students get that individualized attention and support.
Q: How do teachers and corps members collaborate in the classroom?
A: Teachers and AmeriCorps members collaborate to identify which students need more attention. In order to do that, AmeriCorps members provide insight about student's needs to teachers. The kind of information AmeriCorps members provide gives teachers an understanding of more than their academic needs.They help us know both personal and academic challenges students face so that we can collaborate and monitor their growth.
Q: What is your favorite thing about City Year?
A: I like the extra support that the City Year members provide to each and every student that I just can't do on my own.
Q: What message would you like to leave for the team?
A: I always appreciate the support! Continue your success in everything you do.
A campus aide of 13 years still looks forward to seeing our yellow jackets every morning.
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