Earlier this month Cherry Lane Elementary School had two unique women spend their days learning and observing the teachers in the Early Foundations classrooms. Keturah Vajjo and Maelynne Anderson, both aspiring to receive their Teaching Assistant certificates, are part of a program through VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, an organization based in Spring Valley that is devoted to serving New Yorkers who are blind through a variety of programs and services. These women were part of the Vocational Rehabilitation Center, which offers support for young adults (18-21) who are interested in pursuing certificated career opportunities, in-depth training for pre-employment and vocational skills.
In their week-long internship at Cherry Lane, Keturah and Maelynne worked with our staff and students to learn about being in a classroom setting. Throughout their time at Visions, they received additional schooling from the Rockland BOCES Adult Education program and on Friday, January 18 they graduated with their certificates as Teaching Assistants.
“I’m glad to have had the experience of being in a classroom setting,” said Keturah. “I learned that there are a variety of things a kid can need, and there is so much you can do to help them with their work, concentration and just keeping them involved.”
“This partnership is another example of the District’s goal to increase community partnerships with our schools, adds Dr. Lisa Castaldo, Director of Pupil Personnel Services. “If we can support young adults who are interested in teaching careers, we are happy to help.”
Cherry Lane Principal, Angela Aguilar adds, “Having this opportunity to work with our community and all different types of people is a great experience for everyone – the teachers, staff and students.”