This is a maiden year for Chelsea Jackson. First year teaching, first year coaching, first year teaching after school. Growing up in a small Italian village in New York, she wishes there had been Girls on the Run when she was in school.
What is the most rewarding thing about Girls on the Run?
The different personalities I see at the end of the day. They have so much energy! They run when they get here and they are still running when it’s time to go home. They are very encouraging to one another, and they run well together. I’m definitely seeing some mentoring going on with the different grades. And as a new teacher, it helps me know more students.
Why did you want to be a Girls on the Run Coach?
The teacher I was student teaching with was doing it and I saw how much fun she was having.
Do you have a particular coaching experience that stands out?
My favorite lesson was the one about “finding your happy pace.” It was fun to hear how different everyone’s responses were and to see kids so calm.
Who inspires you?
The kids at this school because they go through a lot. Not your typical cookie cutter kids, but they work harder.