Q. How would you describe City Year’s impact at Belmont?
A. In the corps members being great role models and carrying themselves as young people. The Belmont City Year team has a sense of maturity that rubs off on the students.
Q. How does having a City Year mentor in a student’s life make a difference?
A. It gives someone an immediate connection, especially students who receive the 1-on-1 sessions. Since the focus list numbers per corps member are kept low there is a great amount of consistency. Corps members become that one source of inspiration that many students need and desire. Every student needs someone, and City Year becomes that constant support.
Q. In your own words, why is City Year’s work necessary at Belmont and other schools like it?
A. It is critical to Belmont because there are a vast variety of needs within our student body, whether it be social, emotional, motivational and even academic.
"Not every district employee or staff member can connect with students as adults, and the task is daunting. City Year helps with that task by filling in the gaps between teachers and students."
I see corps members as the backbone that students need by providing many resources. City Year offers the support that some teachers are not able to, especially with the After School Program. And the team has so much diversity that they relate to our school’s demographic in a great way.
More about Assistant Principal Melissa Shelton:
- Born in La Jolla, CA
- Went to college at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles
- Majored in Dance
- Became a P.E. dance teacher at Dorsey High and later a substitute teacher
- Obtained her teaching credential and worked at Berendo Middle School for 13 years teaching English & History to 6th graders
- Earned her Master’s Degree last year
- Currently Assistant Principal with an emphasis as an Instructional Specialist