Meet Tara Rempel, Summer ’17 UELIP

Tara_Rempel

DCPS Office: Office of Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood Education
Education: Rising Senior at The Catholic University of America
Program of Study/Major: Psychology and Education Studies
Hometown: Manasquan, New Jersey

Within the division of Early Childhood Education, I am working with the Health Team and ultimately supporting the creation of materials that will promote family engagement around the topic of health and a home-to-school connection. My project is to create a cohesive and easy to use resource system that will allow staff to find and use materials in order to support health and wellness outreach to families.

A typical day for me at DCPS entails gathering insight from representatives of certain Early Childhood Education teams to determine what the most frequently asked questions around health are and the best way to provide that information. Most of my time is devoted to researching required and identified health and wellness topics in order to gather resources that may be beneficial to staff and families. In addition, I usually attend meetings daily that relate to the various projects that are in the process of being launched within Early Childhood Education.

I have already learned and developed multiple skills while being at DCPS, which include having my research skills fine – tuned and being able to track my resources, gaining knowledge around how to navigate Microsoft Outlook and schedule meetings, as well as now being proficient with Excel and other various programs DCPS uses.

I have been able to be a part of the “Yoga in the Classroom” pilot project for Early Childhood Education which has been the most rewarding part of my experience so far. The most frustrating part about my experience, however, is realizing the difficulty in showing and proving the link between health and school readiness.

My plan is to complete a Master’s in School Psychology. An aspiration I have in the field of School Psychology is to promote school-based mental health treatment as well as work to improve the lives of students with an emotional or behavioral disorder. In addition, as a current collegiate volleyball player, I hope to be a coach and to be able to share my passion for the game with others.

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