August 31, 2017 | Patty Myers |
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Welcome, Shaniece Thorpe, one of our newest Paraprofessionals! Shaniece was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Eight years ago, she left her family and home for the very first time to come to the US on a soccer scholarship. In 2013, she graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Organizational Communication Studies and a minor in Marketing.
After playing semi pro soccer, Shaniece decided to further her studies in Sports Management at Florida State University. This decision provided the opportunity to work as a Graduate Assistant teaching classes such as yoga, dance, and aerobics. During this time, she acquired an internship with FSU Women’s Soccer, one of the (if not the best-four time back-to-back ACC Champions) best women’s soccer programs in the country. She had the honor of training, traveling, and being involved in everything regarding the program. It was a bitter-sweet moment when she walked across the graduation stage on April 31, 2016 to collect her M.S. degree certificate. Orlando was the next chapter. Shaniece spent a few months playing some more semi-pro soccer before joining TFA as a substitute teacher and middle school girls soccer coach last October. Shaniece has now joined The First Hope team and we couldn’t be more thankful!
Our wonderful ELP class is in full swing this school year. We have 5 amazing preschoolers under the loving guidance of Lead Teacher Mrs. Janice Pacheco and Paraprofessionals Megan Gardner and Tabitha Clayton. From circle time and fine motor activities in the morning to music and sensory time in the afternoon, there are plenty of hugs and giggles in between. These snapshots of a typical day provide just a glimpse into this wonderfully enriching and loving classroom.
God brings all kinds of people in our lives here at The First Hope to help our students. One of those is Sutton. He is a TFA Main Campus high school student who is taking the Special Needs Development Course. He comes over every day to work and help our littlest First Hopers in our Early Learning Program. He helps them with behaviors and has fun with them on their sensory breaks. We are grateful for the time he spends with our students to help them be independent and use their words more to communicate. Thank you, Sutton!
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