My formal career in education began my senior year of high school as a peer mentor and tutor for an afterschool program for children aged 6 to 12 years old that were from low-income households. My time there was filled with so much meaning and purpose that when I started community college, I decided that I wanted to major in Elementary Education. While there, I worked with Jumpstart and was also a part-time preschool and float teacher. I enjoy the work that I do with young children because it challenges me to grow and continue to push against the limits that I may have set for myself. We begin life completely dependent on others. It is nice to show our appreciation by paying it forward and helping others grow.
I work with Aaron’s Presents because I believe that a life well lived is a life of service. We are where we are in life because of the people who decided to pour into us and some people will get to where they need to in life because we poured into them.
1) Children learn that they already have the power to bring change – just as they are – and Aaron’s Presents gives them opportunities to do it.
2) Through doing their projects, children learn that community, cooperation and teamwork can make a lot more difference than going it alone – that “We” is a lot more powerful than “I”.
I’m certain that Aaron’s Presents kids will change the world for the better. Knowing I play a role in making that happen is enormously satisfying.”
Marianne Cashman (Founding Board member)
Dr. Connie Chung (Founding Board member)
Sara Eaton Gaunt (Former Board member)
Rosemary Infante Costello (Former Board member)
Jooé Kim (Founding Board Member)
Dr. Paul Nguyen (Founding Board Member)
Victor Sheen (Founding Board Member)
Rishub Solan (Former Board member)
Dr. Jocelyn Thein
Kirsten Walters (Former NetImpact Board Fellow)