Senior Students Finish Tutoring Program
Mac Teach ended May 3 with the final student sessions.
Mac Teach is a program where select seniors devote their time outside of school, as well as during school, to tutor elementary and high school students who struggle with various subjects.
“Honestly, I have learned so much from the kids because I’m teaching them, but they’re teaching me too,” Lauren McDaniel (12) said. “Through teaching elementary kids, I’ve learned that is what I want to do with the rest of my life.”
Not only does Mac Teach help students academically, but advances their social skills.
“A lot of them gain confidence and feel better about themselves as their grades go up,” Brea Moore (12) said. “It’s good to see kids open up and feel better about themselves over the course of the year.”
Lauren McDaniel tutored a “little second grader” at Oak Grove elementary and was helping her learn her vocabulary words.
“When I first started with her, she could not spell one of her word wall words right,” McDaniel said. “It is a list of 40 words, and a couple of weeks ago we went through it again and she spelled every one of them right.”
Along with teaching the students, they learn valuable life skills, for example , how to deal with children and see the hardships of students who have trouble in school.
“It’s good for me to see that there are things you need to struggle for,” Brea Moore said. “It does me good to see people who are hardworking and are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.”
The students involved in Mac Teach need to have special skills to teach struggling kids properly and be able to deal with their problems.
“I think there is a difference from being ‘able’ and being ‘able to do it,'” Lauren McDaniel said. “You can be really smart and be able to teach people but you have to make sure you are able to be there for them.”