Millersville Art Edu graduate Kerrin Giovanelli took some some time to tell us about her new position.
How did you become the School Age Child Care Coordinator for the City Center YMCA?
While I was student teaching in New Holland, my co-op teacher was asked to teach a summer Art and Drama camp at the New Holland Rec Center. He was unable to teach the camp, so he passed along my name to the executive director. After meeting with the director, he hired me not only to teach the 3 week art camp, but also to be a supervisor and lead teacher for the Rec’s summer camp and eventually their half-day Kindergarten program in the fall. I replaced Keisha McCauley, another Millersville Art Ed graduate, who after running this program for a year, landed her dream job teaching art at a local middle school.
While at the New Holland Rec Center, I planned all activities and lessons for the children, dealt with parents one on one every day, made schedules, coordinated guest speakers to come in, and took care of the administrative duties that come along with running an after school program.
In November, the Lancaster Family YMCA bought the New Holland Rec Center, which then became the YMCA at New Holland. It was then that I was offered to interview for a position as the School Age Child Care Coordinator at the City Center YMCA in Lancaster City. I got the job, and started full time here about 2 weeks ago.
What do you do as the School Age Child Care Coordinator?
As a coordinator, I will be in charge of three programs — planning all activities, coordinating with the School District of Lancaster and parents, and planning all field trips and activities. We have an after-school program here for Ross and Wharton elementary schools that is hosted in the YMCA building. In addition, we also have an end of day program at Ross and Wickersham elementary schools where we go in to provide an hour of enrichment for students who stay after school for tutoring. And lastly, we provide a summer camp program for as many as 120 children.
How do you like your new position?
While I’m not in my own classroom, I do get to interact with children everyday and make sure that they get to have a great end of day experience before they go home. Though I’m not working in a school district, I do have full time job with benefits, and get to partner with school districts, still getting my name out there. While I will never give up on having my own art classroom, I feel that this is my great stepping stone!