By: Carley Perkins
At Male, not only do our students succeed academically , but they also excel at being community role models for younger kids. Students like Kaylee Coleman, Katie Erwin, and Drew Esrock do this by coaching and leading younger kids.
Kaylee Coleman (12) teaches swim lessons to babies and kids up to the age of eight at All About Kids. She also works with special needs kids, teaching them how to dance at her studio.
Coleman said, “My favorite thing [about coaching] is seeing how excited they get when they understand something or how much fun they’re having, but I also love getting to play around with them.”
Although coaching younger kids is fun, it can also be challenging at times. Coleman added, “Kids are very easily distracted, so sometimes it’s easy to get frustrated, especially when you’ve been trying to teach them the same thing over and over but you have to remember they’re just kids.”
Katie Erwin (11) coaches soccer to kids ranging from 2-13 years old at Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex. Erwin added, “I have been working there since November 2017 and I go to the practices once a week for each team and then coach them during their games on Saturdays.”
Everyone has different reasons on why they love coaching. Erwin said, “I get to teach these kids the sport I love and watch them get better every day while they have fun. Also, they’re all so fun to interact with and to get to know at each session.”
For Erwin, this may be the start of a future coaching career. She said, “I definitely enjoy coaching so if my career allows me to, I think I would like to coach soccer.”
Drew Esrock (12) works at the Jewish Community Center during the summer as a camp counselor.
As a camp counselor you help kids in many ways. Esrock said, “We try to open them up to each other so they can make new friends, and then we take them to their activities for the day.”
Esrock added, “I love teaching them about the world. I think my favorite thing is getting to see them smile and be happy during the summer.”
It’s safe to say these students are loving what they do and can hopefully make the world a better place, one kid at a time.