Favorite Friday: Lori Jung
Meet Lori Jung: Thoughtful, Creative, and Fantastic
(Lori is pictured here with Cam Piatt. Lori and Cam directed our volunteer team at Starry Night 2014 and were amazing!)
In the past few years, we’ve come across some talented, passionate, brilliant, dedicated people. It’s been inspiring for us when they’ve been willing to contribute their time and energy-as WPE volunteers, partners, and sponsors-to strengthening and enriching education in our schools.
We decided to share the stories of these special collaborators and volunteers with you on Fridays! Enjoy!
1. How did you get involved with WPE/what do you like about volunteering with WPE?
I had heard about WPE and then volunteered for SN 2013. What I noticed right off the bat was the positive perspective from EVERYONE involved. I feel there are big and little opportunities to contribute in meaningful ways, and all are welcome in this district-wide effort. The mood is always collaborative and constructive.
2. From your perspective, what are some needs in our schools?
I often feel as though the guidance counseling staff is simply overwhelmed with the quantity of work and students they need to address. I think it would be nice to offer a more comprehensive approach to guiding and mentoring students at all grade levels so they can choose relevant course options and perhaps even explore careers through mini-internships. I also believe students would benefit from more integrated coursework, such as the magnet schools have offered. I think students need to understand how their daily effort helps them not only reach their goals, but also reach beyond their classroom to do meaningful work. I appreciate how WPE fosters this sense of community, which is vital to a thriving district and city. I think exposure to careers, research, exploration and problem solving will only make our students stronger people and more confident global citizens.
3. What are some of the great things already happening in our district?
I appreciate the collaboration I have seen in recent years…sharing information and resources, business and community partnerships. I love the huge volunteer base and seeing these volunteers anywhere from Starry Night to elementary libraries and athletic events. I know of many teachers who work hard to make very specific and relevant experiences accessible to students, from foreign exchanges to research projects, from leading theater and ski clubs to mentoring leaders through IB and Key Club. I am amazed at our programs that, despite often being at risk regarding funding, thrive and make passionate statements throughout Westerville: students’ art in public places, bands winning awards, theater presentations that knock your socks off, teachers providing interesting and integrated coursework. I like how WPE’s role is to observe and listen to what people need in order to build and sustain these relationships. Rather than, “We should or you should…” they offer, “How can we help make this happen for you?” I enjoy being a part of that.
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