Shante Hanna

Intern name: Shante Hanna 

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology on a Pre-Med track 

Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Teacher's Assistant and Student Mentor at Eva Hilton Primary School

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? Initially I was recommended by a staff member at a local elementary school. I connected with faculty and staff at various local elementary public schools within my community then communicated where internship interest lies.
As far as the application process, I applied online following a phone interview. FYI...XPD is an awesomeee resource for resume building and practice interviews !

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? As a teacher's assistant and student mentor it was very important to focus on the development of the entire student.

I was responsible for preparing lesson plans and educating students from k-12. My duties also included assigning homework, grading quizzes, operating Zoom, Excel and documenting students' progress. Other responsibilities also entailed supporting students and encouraging them to stay focus despite solely working remotely.Lastly, a large responsibility was to create and reinforce classroom rules, work with school administration, prepare students for standardized tests, and manage educational platforms such as LearnPress, and Quizzes.com.

My internship also included a HUGE relationship building aspect. While working from home can allow for more flexibility, it can also mean less personal connections therefore I track student progress and present the information to parents throughout my summer program also.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? There was a professional development aspect where I was required to set goals before my internship and I was very relieved to see that all 3 goals were met by the end of my employment. I believe I was successful because I identified goals I plan to meet then documented any successes! This will motivate me and remind me that I am making progress despite the limitations. Be proud of yourself!

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? I learned that sometimes we undermine our capabilities because we don't like to step out of our comfort zone. With the idea that I would only be teaching high schoolers, I was able to instruct 50-100 students in a variety of subjects(English, Math and Science) and reach students with engaging lesson plans. 

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? Professionally, my experience propelled me to become a more organized and confident individual. A huge skill I onced lacked was effective in person communication however post internship, I feel like I am ready to actively speak to my patients and advocate for them one day.

Academically, I became more of an intentional individual ( knowing my weak points and strengths) so I can get ahead of task.Being a leader who welcomes challenge and change motivated me to enroll in more challenging Chemistry and Biology classes. 

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? REACH FOR THE STARS AND BEYOND ! Learn to trust yourself and your ability to learn and adapt to change. I would definiative say that teaching and the act of service in general is a passion so into the internship with an open-mind.

Thrive to become actively engaged and involved in your school,church or social community because this is what employers look for.

Most importantly, Network! Network! Network! You never know who you will meet and how, so practice your elevator speech!