As a campus laboratory school, the Children’s School offers research and observation opportunities to many undergraduate and graduate students from different departments across campus. In addition to these opportunities, we offer undergraduates a chance to work in the classrooms on a regular basis, either as student employees, interns, or volunteers. In the Undergraduate Spotlight, we will be featuring our diverse classroom assistants so that parents can learn about the undergraduate and graduate students who work in the classrooms with their children in different capacities. In addition to benefitting from the help of diverse CMU undergraduates, the Children’s School occasionally partners with high schools to provide career experience for juniors or seniors, including the talented Gabby Butler, who is featured below. Photos of all our student assistants are posted on the Family Communication bulletin board across from our library, and classroom assistants working with particular groups have been introduced in the classroom blog.
- Gabby Butler: My name is Gabrielle (Gabby) Butler and I am currently a senior at City Charter High School. This year, I got the amazing opportunity to complete an internship at CMU’s Children School with the PM Preschool. Although this is part of my graduation requirement, I enjoy every single part of it. Every day is a new experience, and I learn something new from the teachers and even our friends. I’m reminded of everyday manners that most people forget to use: to be kind and to be open to new ideas and trying new things (such as hummus and pepper strips). My plan for next year is to major in Wildlife Biology and minor in Psychology at Edinboro University. I think my favorite thing about this experience is watching the students learn and grow every day. We have a few friends whose first language is not English, and it’s heartwarming to see them learn and interact with the other students, who also help them learn a new language and treat them so kindly. This experience is definitely something that I will always remember, and I am grateful for being able to be a part of something so special.
- New Interns: In addition to our student employees, undergraduate interns taking Dr. Carver’s Practicum in Child Development course support our children and teachers in the classroom six hours per week, while also engaging in a seminar with Dr. Carver every Wednesday morning. This semester, we have Cassie Alsept in the AM 4’s, Katie Lim in the AM 3’s & Extended AM, and Cindy Lu in the Kindergarten (pictured below left to right).