Hello from the MuseumCorps Educators!
Providence Children’s Museum AmeriCorps group is made-up of twelve individuals who serve the community both in the Museum and through during- and after-school outreach programs. Our mission is to inspire and celebrate learning through active play and exploration through our STEM-based Learning Clubs, our HeadStart programs and by recruiting volunteers to participate as play guides at the Museum! We’re developing and implementing opportunities for hands-on learning for children in under-resourced areas of Providence; we are divided into four teams.
Learning Club: This team provides opportunities for elementary school-aged children involved in community center after-school and summer programs. In groups of 12 to 15, children from Providence are community centers visit the Museum twice a week for several weeks where they explore the exhibits, participate in exciting activities and discover that learning is fun and they are learners.
-Hannah Thompson joins us from Pittsburgh, where she graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in Fabric Sculpture. She’s previously worked at the Andy Warhol Museum and has experience in community murals.
-David Liu recently graduated from UC Irvine with double majors in Public Health and Anthropology, and a minor in Education. Originally from California, he has volunteered in museums and classrooms and is interested in how people learn in public spaces. David also speaks Mandarin.
-Alison Rutsch, originally from DC, recently graduated from Brown and RISD with a BA in Education and a BFA in Illustration. She has lots of experience working with kids at camps, after-school programs and tutoring centers, including two years working with City Arts.
Boys & Girls Club: This team delivers an extended, year-round Learning Club at the South Side Boys & Girls Club. AC members spend afternoons at Southside, building relationships with children and facilitating STEM/play based activities for second through fourth graders.
-Ashley Moore, who joined us for the summer team, is now looking forward to continuing her work at the Museum. She joined us from New York and double majored in Psychology and Philosophy at Elmira College, and recently earned her Masters in Public Policy focusing in Media and Communications.
-Sarah Schnurr who was on the Learning Club team last year, graduated from Kutztown University with her BS in Art Education. Also from New Jersey, Sarah has a lot of teaching experience, and hopes to one day be an art teacher.
-Joseph Trent joins us from Florida, and has also been working with NCCC for the past year. When he was in high school he ran his own lawn maintenance company and he is interested in one day becoming an art teacher.
-Meg Conery is a Rhode Island native who has spent the last year in the NCCC AmeriCorps program. She graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree is Psychology.
Head Start/Good Start: A program for Head Start students that includes enriched Museum visits for the children and teachers, curriculum-based Museum activities in all Head Start classrooms and professional development for Head Start staff.
-Vanessa Guerrero, a Rhode Island native, was a volunteer Play Guide at the Museum this summer, while working as an Assistant at a health center in Greenville, RI. She graduated from Lincoln Tech from the Medical Assistant Program, but is considering a switch from the medical field to the education field. Vanessa is bilingual in English & Spanish.
-Amanda Howard graduated from Bryant with a BA in Sociology and then went on to get her Masters in Education from Merrimack College. She spent time as a graduate intern engaging parents and families, and has been an Assistant Troup Leader for a Girl Scout troop in New York.
-Jack Read, who was on the MuseumCorps team working with volunteers last year, is excited about working on a new team this year. He is from North Carolina where he went to UNC Greensboro and graduated with a BA in English. He also has a very strong interest and background in theater, and is conversational in American Sign Language.
-Faina Kostovsky is originally from Baltimore where she graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English and Linguistics. She has spent the last year teaching English in Spain and has experience at her college’s cognitive neuroscience of language lab, which worked with pre-school children. Faina speaks Spanish and Russian.
Volunteer Recruitment: This AC position focuses on recruiting, training and retaining volunteers who facilitate play in our exhibits.
Tracey Mullery is trying out the Museum world after having been a health inspector for a few years in New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers with degrees in Art History and Environmental Policy, and has been recently working and volunteering in a variety of museums including the Preservation Society of Newport Country.