“May the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together–spirit, soul, and body.” -1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
My name is Hannah Untereiner and this is my first summer at PT. I came here with babysitting experience only and I was nervous to both care for children and plan them exciting, engaging activities. I had pegged elementary education as a complex system with lots of steps that you had to follow carefully to get to the Promised Land of success. During training week, I paid careful attention and took notes, trying to stuff into my brain as many tips for dealing with troublemakers as I could. Once I got to site, I often had to think on my feet. I took joy in small triumphs and hoped that I would soon be a pro. And I think that by week five, it’s safe to say that I have gotten much closer to that goal. But my success is also a reflection of the success of my whole team (including the kids and LITES). The kids are an unfailing source of energy to wake me up in the morning. The other interns step in whenever I need help rallying the kids’ attention or getting a game started. And the LITES are the real superheroes of our Family Fun Nights and of daily camp life—they make transitions run smoothly and take kids to the bathroom during lessons, among other things. Basically, they make the interns’ jobs much, much easier. All of the small acts of kindness and love present at Oak Cliff inspire me to give my all each day.
Additionally, one of the most important things that I have learned and have seen play out during my time at PT is that you can accomplish a whole lot by yourself, but when you combine 90+ people who are all multi-talented and smart, you can accomplish much more. And being on a successful, hard-working team with members who have an “I-got-your-back” mentality is extremely rewarding. We all give more than we’re asked and we do it for the kids. Although we come from different backgrounds, we all care about helping others and we work our hardest to do just that. And all of the energy we put into our kids comes back in the form of love and friendship. Oak Cliff truly lives by this year’s theme “All Together Whole.” Below is a picture of the majority of our team at Family Fun Night this past Thursday (6/21/12).
Oak Cliff Elementary Intern