Q & A with Summer Associate Stephanie Maldonado

(FLOC welcomes new staff each summer. In this miniseries, we are recognizing our summer associates and interns by publishing blog posts about their experiences.  Stephanie Maldonado is a Site Coordinator for the Summer Math Academy.)

Q: Where are you from?

I was born in Chicago, Illinois. I was raised in Puerto Rico.

Q: Where did you go to school and what did you study?

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May. I studied Social Work.

Q: How did you hear about FLOC?

Idealist. I received the Harry Truman Scholarship in college and they sponsor our moving to DC [for the summer]. They also provide an extensive list of…public service positions and I chose FLOC. FLOC’s mission aligned with my personal and professional interests. I’ve never heard of a nonprofit that had an established curriculum in place for students who are below grade level. I was strongly interested in how a nonprofit could so efficiently manage the collaboration between volunteers, schools, and families.

Q: What is your job description at FLOC?

I am a Math site coordinator for grades 6-12. I help provide continual support guidance for student-tutor pairs through lesson plan reviewing and tracking student progress.

Q: What’s a challenge you’ve overcome this summer?

Learning how to meet the needs of volunteers in order to [help them] provide quality services to the students and managing the balance between support and guidance, while still encouraging autonomy and individual tutoring styles.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

I used to dance. I used to perform salsa and hip-hop. I like to explore different cuisines and run.

Q: What are your future plans?

For now, I want to be a school social worker. After that, I’m interested in community nonprofits that collaborate with schools and families, also known as community schools with an inclination toward schools with Latino populations.

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