Dottie Rutherford is this month’s TWC Gem in the Field! She’s a new OST adopter of The Walking Classroom. She is really enthused to be incorporating TWC into her afterschool site. We are so pleased to learn more about her and to welcome her to our TWC family.
1. Where were you born, and where did you grow up?
Colorado Springs, Colo. Brazoria County, Texas.
2. How long have you been working with kids, and what lead you to this career choice?
Since 1991. I was a Girl Scout leader for over 20 years. I worked for 7 years as a in School Girl Scout leader for Kindergarten thru 12 grade girls. Moved into ACE over 10 years ago. I just really enjoy helping children find out what they can do. The amazement in their faces is such a joy for me.
3. When have you been your “best self” when working with kids? (In other words, describe an experience when working with kids that you felt prouder of yourself than any other time) Do not be modest –we want to highlight your accomplishments!!
I’ve had so many, but the one that comes to mind is when a student came to our program with not friends in a new school and by the end of the week he told me he had 5 new “best friends” because of the talk we had and me helping him to introduce himself.
4. As an out of school time facilitator, for what are you most grateful?
I am grateful for the fact that my schedule is not as ridged as in schoolteachers. This gives me the flexibility to talk and really get to know my students. And have a lot of FUN with them too.
5. What are some educational resources that you utilize at your facility?
We utilize many sources in ACE. From staff experience to resources on web and printed sources. We are fortune to have a lot at our disposal.
6. Please describe an experience that you and/or your students have had with The Walking Classroom.
My students have really taken to the Walking Classroom. I have seen an increase in attendance on the days we use it and now my 5th graders are begging to use it as well. It really motivates our students to behave and complete their homework to take part in the class.