Cierra, a former Little Lights student and now a full-time employee with us, has led our expansion of the Reading and Math Heroes program to the Hopkins Center this past year! We sat down and talked with Cierra to get the scoop on how this increased programming has helped students throughout 2017. Check out our Q&A with her below:

Q: How many students are attending both Reading and Math Heroes at the Hopkins Center?

A: We have 16 students enrolled in each program.

Q: Have you seen any noticeable academic improvement in the students who have been coming to Reading and or/ Math Heroes? If so, can you provide an example?

A: On average my students have either maintained their Star Assessment test scores or increased by at least 1-grade level. One 2nd grader, in particular, who was once testing at at Pre-K level increased his assessment test scores by 2-grade levels, which means he is now testing at his current grade level.

Q: How do you think Reading/Math Heroes is helping students who would otherwise not get this type of additional help in these subject areas?

A: Reading and Math Heroes helps to bridge the gap between what a student is expected to master and what they can actually master in a school year. A student is expected to learn and absorb dozens of different standards in a short year. Not only do they have to learn these topics in a short time frame they are also expected to learn the same way the other 25+ students in the classroom do.  All children are capable of learning, each child just has different needs. Those needs are met during Reading and Math Heroes. Reading and Math Heroes is a program where we determine what the student has not mastered in a school year. We then create an individualized lesson tailored not only to what the students learn but how they learn.

Q: What is most satisfying to you about leading this initiative of offering supplementary reading and math lessons to students?

A: The most satisfying part of leading Reading and Math Heroes is when a student comes up to me to show me their progress or when a student completes a math problem that at first they deemed “too difficult” and then proceeds to run around to show everyone in the room of their personal accomplishment.