“Teachers are under so many pressures, it would be easy for them to give up on service-learning in their classroom. But in the same way that My Voice gives students the chance to contribute to their own learning, I'm proud that we are able to give our teachers the time, space, and resources to develop their skills as service-learning practitioners.”
As Need in Deed’s executive director, Kim guides both the organization’s long term strategic vision and daily operations. An advocate for teachers and students, she believes in the opportunities for personal and community transformation that are created when stakeholders engage in meaningful learning and service with partners from the public and private sectors.
“When I think about our young people, I wonder who the leaders will be, what will their priorities be and who will they represent. I feel educators need to be open to teaching and learning strategies like service-learning. That way, schools become places where students acquire knowledge and skills and cultivate their ‘moral compass.’”
Ena’s favorite responsibilities as Need in Deed's Associate Director revolve around connecting with other people and organizations involved in the service-learning field, or talking with potential funders about the good things that happen when students and teachers experience high-quality service-learning.
Director of Communications & Development
“To me, the most important part of the work that we do is not only helping young people find their voices in the larger community, but also helping the larger community hear and respond to those voices. As Ralph Ellison said, "Education is all a matter of building bridges." Need in Deed to me is the hub connecting the million different moving parts of our city, showing these parts how they each are important and inter-related.”
As the director of communications and development, Emily supports the organization's growth strategy, voices our successes by sharing the news from Need in Deed, and works to cultivate new friends and supporters of teaching and learning.
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Elliott joined Need in Deed as Program Director in August 2012.
Sharon joined Need in Deed as Program Coordinator in January 2013.
Tyra became Need in Deed's newest Program Manager in January 2013.
“As I approach the challenge of finding meaningful ways to support our teacher consultants in their ongoing work, I am inspired by the words of Peggy McIntosh and Emily Style of the SEED Project at Wellesley: 'If we aspire to student-centered learning, we need also to be thinking in terms of faculty-centered learning by teachers.' I believe the success of professional learning communities lies in this model.”
Pam's role as Professional Development Manager is to support Experienced Network Teachers in implementing NID’s service-learning framework in their classrooms. She also facilitates NID's Charter School Consortium and works with program staff to expand the range of professional development offerings for teachers.
“Teachers not only find themselves responsible for academics, but also serving as counselors, mentors and sometimes as friends to their students. I’m delighted to have the chance to work with them and watch through their eyes as their students blossom. As teachers, they enable young people to learn about the world and understand it a little better.”
As NID’s Program Coordinator, Kyra assists with the myriad details connected with the Teacher Network -- everything from planning training sessions to identifying resources to working with community partners.
“"Implementing service-learning in schools gives our children an active role in their own education and community. Francis Bacon said 'Knowledge is power,' and the service-learning model that Need in Deed provides allows students to gain knowledge of self, each other, and their communities. I am glad to be a part of it."”
As Office Manager, Lisa holds things together. She supports both program and administrative staff in a variety of ways and brings a solid background in development to the organization.