Staff Spotlight: Ariel
We are continuing our staff spotlight this month with our blue team leader, Miss Ariel. One of my favorite aspects of our lovely Miss Ariel is the time she has invested, not just in our program, but in the lives of our students. Miss Ariel is new to Tiqvah this school year but her passion and heart are exactly what our Tiqvah students need. Miss Ariel was recently featured in About Stark County Magazine (you can find a video at www.kent.edu/kent) but we took a minute to interview her ourselves, here is what she had to say:
How did you get started with Tiqvah?
In the past I had the opportunity to hear Sarah and Lesley speak about Tiqvah at my church. Then Sarah Kropf reached out to me last summer when Tiqvah was preparing for the new school year. I felt God speaking to me to dig deeper and learn more about Tiqvah. After reading the mission statement, looking over the Facebook page, and seeing the amazing things that God was doing I knew I wanted to be apart of this family.
What is your roll at Tiqvah?
I am the Team Leader for the Blue Team.
What is your favorite part of the Tiqvah day and why?
My favorite part of the day at Tiqvah is Enrichments. It allows the kids to use their talents and creativity. It also allows for kids to try something new. I love getting to watch some of the children learn how to use tools to fix a sweeper or couch. Or when they build an extravagant Lego house and create a cool story to go with it. The best part is the opportunity to share the excitement with them.
What motivates you to keep going on the tough days?
Relationships are what motivate me. Everyone has a tough day, we are human, it is bound to happen. The relationships I have made with these children are stronger than any tough day. My motivation comes from knowing that God has placed me at Tiqvah for a purpose. The kids motivate me to do better and never give up.
What is one thing you wish people knew about Tiqvah?
I wish people knew that Tiqvah is not just an after school program but a growing family. The opportunity to be apart of these children's lives in so many ways. We have the chance to know their teachers, friends, parents, grandparents, and siblings. Being involved in their school day is one of my favorite ways to continue strengthening my relationships with my team. We are a growing family, the other team leaders offer me as well as the kids support, love and reassurance everyday. Tiqvah is my family.
As you can tell, our staff are the heart of our program. They make it possible to impact our Tiqvah students - body, mind and soul. Thank you Ariel for sharing your life with our Tiqvah Family!