Posted May 23, 2013
Katie Kinkel (English) enjoyed and learned much from her first year as a prospective English major, but felt unfulfilled only focusing on her own studies and research. During her second year at Bowdoin, she began working with the McKeen Center as an America Reads and Counts tutor, teaching math at Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick and reading at Harpswell Community School. Katie became a student coordinator for this program during her third year, organizing and supporting tutors at Harpswell Community School. This year, Katie was the McKeen Fellow for America Reads and Counts, and was responsible for helping organize and facilitate Bowdoin's involvement in the program and its outreach work with local elementary and middle schools, through student trainings, teachers panels, and managing the student coordinators.
Throughout her three years of community education work with America Reads and Counts, Katie has learned much about Maine's significant educational needs, and has become aware of the many financial and emotional hardships faced by young students in the greater Brunswick community. She hopes that by participating in the America Reads and Counts Program as tutors, Bowdoin students will become more acutely aware of the immeasurable value of their education and reciprocate the support they have received by contributing to local students' educational experiences.
After graduating from Bowdoin and a summer in San Fransisco, Katie will be enrolled at the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop and hopes to continue working with elementary, middle, and high school students by volunteering to teach creative writing classes.
“Working with the America Reads and Counts program has been one of my favorite and most significant experiences while at Bowdoin.”