Welcome to another ETalk, where we introduce an amazing person at Elevate K-12 involved in revolutionizing education through high-quality live online instruction inside schools!
Name: Devon T.
Location: Groton, MA
Experience With Elevate K-12: 3-4 years
Current Role: T1 Academic Coach, T2 Academic Coach Coordinator, and Recruiter
Describe what you do in one sentence.
I ensure that we are giving our kiddos the most qualified instructors, as well as support our T1 instructors and T2 Academic Coaches in whatever they need!
What excites you most about working at Elevate K-12?
I learn something new every day! Whether it’s in regards to teaching, coaching, technology, or just the art of communication, I am consistently pushed to learn more and do better at Elevate K-12. I absolutely love it!
What’s a “normal” day like for you at Elevate K-12?
I observe instruction sessions throughout the day, providing support to both instructors and ACs as needed. Some examples include discussing celebrations, obstacles in the online classroom and how to overcome them, and technology. I also attend meetings with many different Elevaters to make sure we are all working together in the most efficient way possible and are all on the same page. Outside of school hours, I interview potential Elevate K-12 instructors.
What do you enjoy most about our culture?
One, the innovativeness. Everyone is so open and excited about new technology. Even if tech doesn’t always go as planned, the whole team is patient and understanding of the greater goal. Second, the teamwork. Though most of us are remote and reside all over, we still make sure to talk every day. Not only that, but we have tons of fun together! It’s so impressive that a company can be widely remote and still be so tight knit.
Elevate K-12’s mission is to bring high-quality instruction to all students, no matter their zip code. What do you like most about impacting students in this way?
It means everything to me. Through this work, I have gained so much perspective. I’ve learned about different areas of the country and how different districts/states work. I am so passionate about all students having access to the same quality education, as each and every one deserves it. Being able to impact students in this way has made my heart so full.
Describe your best moment at Elevate K-12. Be specific!
One particularly memorable moment occurred when I was actually teaching a class. I was working one-on-one with a student who was not very confident in the classroom. She was quiet, but motivated and diligent and I enjoyed every minute of learning with her. One day when we were reviewing for the test that would be the following day, she all of the sudden exclaimed, “I’m going to do SO good on this test!”. I almost cried. Regardless of scores, I felt like we had succeeded because she was finally feeling confident in herself. That has always remained with me, and showing kids they CAN do it has become my main priority and passion.
Tell us a little more about who you are–what do you like to do?
I just bought my first house! So my current favorite hobby is decorating (aka spending too much time shopping online and at home decor stores). I also love spending time with my fiancé and dog, Bennett. He’s the sweetest pug! I love to cook and have several guilty pleasure TV shows including (but not limited to) The Masked Singer, The Bachelor, and anything on Bravo. I also have a love affair with Country music even though I’m from MA and didn’t grow up listening to it!
Thanks, Devon T.