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: Russell R.
Location: Steger, IL
Experience With Elevate K-12: 3-4 years
Current Role: Classroom Coach
Describe what you do in one sentence.
Oversee the daily activity in the classroom.
What excites you most about working at Elevate K-12?
It gives me the opportunity to help young people advance.
What’s a “normal” day like for you at Elevate K-12?
My day consists of making sure the students can properly log onto the system. I also work as the connection piece between Elevate K-12 & the school.
What do you enjoy most about our culture?
I like seeing young people grow in their education.
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?
I wish that they had programs like this when I was growing up. I think that the right instructor and the proper visuals on the screen are a great way to learn. I think as the company grows kids will benefit more and more. The program will be successful as long as we continue to have the latest in technology and hire great instructors that are open to making the learning experience as interesting as possible. .
Describe your best moment at Elevate K-12. Be specific!
I had a student once that in the beginning of the class had a tendency to easily be persuaded to talk to other students and engage in bad behavior. So one day I took him into the hall and I began to talk to him about the differences in being a follower and in becoming a leader. I explained to him my opinion on the importance of gaining an education and trying to achieve the best that we can out of living. I noticed that at first he didn’t believe in what I was saying, I then explained to him that I would not be able to achieve what I have without gaining a good education and working for it. From that day on he showed a great improvement in the class. I have also had other students that have initially caused a problem in the class, but by creating a relationship with the kids, and remaining firm but fair, creates a level of respect between the students and myself.
Tell us a little more about who you are–what do you like to do?
I’m a musician. I also work as an engineer and a music director.
Thanks, Russell R.