UW Pipeline Project

Jillian Kessell

“I love the one-on-one work with students, and strongly believe in the value of mentoring young children.” 

 

How did you discover Pipeline? 

I discovered Pipeline my freshman year through the Carlson Center, due to a service-learning requirement in a sociology course. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in education and felt that tutoring through Pipeline would be a great starting point for becoming involved in the community.

How has being a tutor impacted your goals and dreams for the future?

Being a tutor has solidified my aspiration to become a kindergarten teacher. I love the one-on-one work with students, and strongly believe in the value of mentoring young children.

What are you working on at your current tutoring site?

Currently, I am continuing my work at Licton Springs K-8 in the kindergarten classroom. I help with classroom management, small group activities, and individualized tutoring. In Winter 2018, I will be leading small group literacy lessons.

What is a favorite memory you have while doing your work?

My favorite memory is when I worked with a young girl who was unhappy and struggling with gross motor skills. We played hopscotch together until she became comfortable participating with her peers, and later she asked me to help create a drawing for her mom. This was the first time she allowed me to connect personally with her, and it was a special and memorable moment.