This week at Playworks, we’re celebrating AmeriCorps Week by appreciating our amazing AmeriCorps coaches! Today we will highlight our coaches in the East Bay and the awesome work they are doing at their schools!
Coach: Melissa, Riverside Elementary
Coach Mel is a star Corps Member. She consistently brings her positiver energy to the playground, but also at trainings! She truly embodies all of Playworks Core Values in her program and as a person!
Coach: Milan, Ford Elementary
Coach Milan has transformed Ford’s playground in the best way possible. As soon as you step onto the playground you know its a Playworks school. The way the students positively behave and utilize their entire recess time demonstrates what kind of impact Coach Milan has made in less than a year. We couldn’t be more proud.
Coach: Lorraine, Emerson Elementary
Coach Lorraine is a rockstar at Emerson Elementary! Her passion to bring healthy play to her school really shows through her program. She is so sweet and always brings a positive light no matter what situation is given.
Coach: Wendy, Stege
Coach Wendy is a second year AmeriCorps member. She really stepped up this year by being a mentor and a great source of knowledge to all our first year members. She is a support system for not only her students, but her fellow peers!
Coach: Kelly, Wilson Elementary
Coach Kelly is a all around great coach! Her JC’s are rockin it on playground and Wilson is thriving because of Coach Kelly. She’s always been a positive role model and continues to model Playworks Core Values in her every day life.
Coach: Courtney, Nystrom
Coach Courtney had to wear many hats this school year. She went from a flex to taking on a new school and she owned it! She has overcome many challenges this school year, but has never backed down. Coach Courtney’s passion for helping youth makes us so proud of her accomplishments thus far.
Coach: Brandon, Washington
Coach Brandon has transformed his community through play! He is a team player and consistently gives it his all in any situation. He is a big kid himself so playing comes natural to him! You can always rely on Coach Brandon for a smile and a great cheer!
Coach: Loren, Highland
Coach Loren always goes above and beyond for her kids. She has such a kind heart and it shows in everything she does. Her positive spirit is contagious! You can tell she really believes in what she does just by the way she talks about her service and Playworks. We really appreciate that Loren is on our team!
Coach: Luis, Sheldon
Coach Luis is an amazing coach! He started his own soccer team at his school and its been such a huge success. He’s a natural leader its shows through his coaching. The impact he has made at Sheldon is indescribable. We appreciate his effort get things done!
Coach: Eva, Cleveland
Coach Eva has rocked it at her school since day 1. You can’t even tell she’s a first year AmeriCorps member because she has such an awesome and advanced program. Coach Eva bring healthy play to her school community everyday and is a truly respected by her students and community. We are lucky to have her.
Coach: Danazia, Shannon Elementary
We appreciate Coach Dae for her ability and willingness to always go where she is needed. She started as a flex coach, but now rocks it at her own school, Shannon. She works hard and puts 110% effort in whatever she does. She’s been a pleasure to work with and is always happy and fun!
Coach: Victoria, Jefferson Elementary
Coach Vee always has such a great attitude and swag. She’s always up for new games and new lessons! As a second year coach, she brings a lot of experience to the table. We appreciate her spreading her wisdom to the first year coaches.
Coach: Shyneisha, Cox Elementary
Coach Shy doesn’t let anything past her! She has that tough love style of coaching which is exactly what the students need at Cox. Coach Shy is good at assessing needs at her school and adjusting her teaching styles to the needs of her students! She is an awesome and reliable coach.
Coach: Francisco, Chavez Elementary
Coach Francisco is rockin’ it out at Chavez! He is a team player and always fun to work with! He brings tons of insight and experience to his role, you couldn’t even tell he’s a first year! He’s really involved with his school community and constantly brings new ideas to the playground.
Coach: Christina, Manzanita SEED
Coach Christina is a warrior coach! She triumphs adversity and keeps working hard no matter what. As an Oakland kid herself, she has first hand knowledge of what children go through, that knowledge is what makes her such a successful coach.
Coach: Lindsey, La Escuelita
Coach Lindsey has built amazing rapport with her kids. It’s always so fun and exciting to hear about what’s she’s doing on the playground and the impact she is making. She knows how to turn any situation into a fun and teachable moment which is what makes her a great coach. We love what she brings to the table.
Coach: Lisa, Think College Now
Coach Lisa is passionate and dedicated to her kids at TCN! She finds the leadership quality in all her students and teaches them how use it in a positive way. Her enthusiasm and excitement for play is effortless and amazing! We need more coaches likes Lisa in our schools!
Coach: Ebonie, Learning without Limits
Coach Ebbs is loved by her entire school community. You can just tell as soon as you step into her playground the kids adore her. Her community engagement initiative was a huge success, not only were her students playing, but adults were too! She is definitely a celebrity at Learning without Limits.
Coach: Michelle, Tara Hills
Coach Michelle has been at her school for two years now and has perfected coaching, even though she would say otherwise. She organized a playground paint earlier this year and it was awesome! Everyone loved it! The effort she puts in day to day proves her dedication to not only Playworks, but to the youth and community and that’s what AmeriCorps is all about!
Coach: Victoria, Mira Vista
Coach Victoria’s positive energy just spreads like wildfire both on and off the playground. She makes any situation fun and exciting! She always puts in 100% to make a difference in her school community. She is hardworking and dedicated to helping others.
Coach: Nick, Murphy
Coach Nick has definitely grown this year and its been amazing to watch! He always looking for ways to be a better coach and he is succeeding. He has really made an impact on kids, but especially his league teams! Murphy and Playworks are grateful to have him!