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Path of success: Group Leader to 4K Coordinator

October 6

Ms. Sam started out as a group leader for Wisconsin Youth Company programs at Summit View Elementary, Waukesha, Wis. Over the past six years, she has held different summer and school year positions including a promotion to site supervisor of After School at Summit View. This fall, Ms. Sam started a new role as Waukesha 4K Coordinator. She does a wonderful job getting children involved and trying different types of activities such as STEM, art, and cooking.

Q1: What has been your favorite memory so far?

My favorite memory is when one of my 4th graders wanted to do a community service project for the Human Animal Welfare Society a few years ago. I worked with her to plan a donation drive as well as plan projects to do in the program such as making cat toys. Our two-week community service turned into three weeks due to all the excitement the children had over making items for the animals. It was great to see the children want to help the animals so much.

Q2: What is the most important thing you learned as a child that still applies today?

The most important thing I learned as a child is not to judge others. You never know what someone’s story is or what they are like by just looking at them. I take the time to get to know everyone and not judge them.

Q3: Who was a mentor you looked up to when you were younger? Why did you look up to them?

I looked up to my grandma when I was younger. She was always accepting of everyone and willing to help anyone.  She taught me skills that shaped the person I am today for the better.

Q4: What is your favorite part about working with kids?

My favorite part about working with kids is how they always surprise you (mostly in good ways). They come up with ideas I’d never think of and can make you feel instantly better when you are having a bad day.

Say “hi” to Ms. Sam next time you see her!