All tagged Melissa Martiros
I do not just see students in a program, I see our future in their eyes. I feel as if I am one of them. I often feel as if we are giving these students restorative justice by giving them a place where they belong, a place where we will never give up on them.
The students of OpporTUNEity® have also taught me so much. They have taught me how to wrangle a chatty class, an important skill as a future teacher. But they have also taught me how much music can impact every child’s life. It is so wholesome to see every student show up every week so excited to see their teachers and to learn about music.
Looking back on the first year of OpporTUNEity® at Anna Maria College, I think about where our students started and compare that to where they are now. I see students who first came here as shy, hesitant, nervous, embarrassed or scared to be creative, but compare them now to the students they’ve become who are the first to give suggestions, be open about what activities we ask them to do, start off drum circles, and make strong creative choices. Seeing how the students have changed to become more independently creative through music has inspired me to want to continue to find new ways to encourage that growth in creativity for them and other students.