After nearly a year working with my students at Chatham Middle School, it’s evident that the effort invested in cultivating and nurturing relationships has significantly impacted their success. Zoe initially seemed reserved, not thrilled about my role as someone replacing her trusted confidante. Having opened up to previous CIS staff, she was hesitant to do so again.
Recognizing the challenge, I knew authenticity was crucial. Despite being a stranger, I committed to being genuine in all our interactions. Reflecting on lessons from my classroom days, I remembered the importance of being oneself. And it worked!
Throughout the ’22-’23 school year, Zoe and I forged a connection. She began opening up, sharing surface-level details about herself that she wanted me to know. As we entered the ’23-’24 school year, our bond deepened further. Her parents even shared that she now considers me someone she can trust and rely on, especially in challenging times. This success with Zoe is a testament to the power of authenticity, proving that genuine connections can make a lasting impact. 🌟 #allinforkids