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  • Writer's pictureCarlos Valentin Jr

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: MEGHAN YERGHAN - Luis Muñoz Marin Elementary School

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)

program provides federal funding for the creation of community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who hail from underserved communities. At it's core, the program focuses on key academic subjects such as reading, math and science. This program is also intended to offer students a broad array of activities and to include families and the community in the educational process.

However, this program wouldn't be successful without the countless dedicated and engaged staff who's passion is to help young children develop into well rounded adolescents and ultimately, productive citizens.

Meghan Yerghan, the Life Individual Sports (LIS) teacher (grades 4th thru 8th grade) at Luis Muñoz Marin Elementary School, is one of those individuals. She recently sat down with ASPIRA staff member Luinis Sosa to briefly chat about his role, the impact of the program and what it means to him. Check it out below!

LS: So, how long have you worked with ASPIRA and the 21st CCLC program?

MY: I have been working with ASPIRA and the 21st CCLC program for 7 years! In addition to working during the school year I have had the opportunity to participate in the wonderful summer programs.

LS: Students are often shy when it comes to learning new things. What are some of the daily things that you do with ASPIRA and the 21st CCLC to build them up?

MY: Building relationships with students is one of the most important parts to get students to open up and try new things! Students often help each other participate in activities that they may be hesitant about. Frequently, I have seen students invite others to participate in an activity and work through it with them. The ASPIRA program overall is one that focuses on building students confidence and self esteem.

LS: What is the biggest challenge that you face on a daily basis?

MY: The biggest challenge that I am currently facing on a daily basis are the interactions with students due to remote learning. ASPIRA has done a fantastic job at continuing the much needed program throughout remote instruction, however, I knew we are all really looking forward to getting back into the building soon!

LS: What is the best part of working in and with ASPIRA and the 21st CCLC?

MY: The best part of working with ASPIRA and the 21st CCLC is spending time with students and being able to be a part of them learning things in a different way! The student centered learning and collaboration that takes place is amazing to see. Additionally, the field trips are an amazing time to continue to build relationships with students outside of the classroom.

So there you have it! If you'd like to learn more about the Luis Muñoz Marin Elementary School or the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, click below:

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