AmeriCorps in Action

Model student gives back to his alma mater

Colton is a Math Corps member who has been tutoring students in grades 4-8 since fall 2022. After graduating college with a STEM degree, he searched for his next step. A family member connected him to Math Corps at the same school he attended, and now he gets to spend quality time with students as they build their skills! Read about his experience in this Q&A. 

What’s your background, and how did you come across Math Corps?

Growing up, I was often the ‘model’ student for those who taught me. I turned my work in on time, asked questions, and got good grades. I ended high school with a 3.9 GPA before going off to college to become a computer programmer. After I got my degree, I had a difficult time finding a job, so after trying out a few starter ones, my mother [a school staff member] told me about the Math Corps program at her school.   

Why Math Corps? 

I’ve always liked doing math and have been good at it, so I figured I’d try my hand at teaching it. My mom also works in the same building, so I don’t have to worry about coming to and from either. Lastly, I went to school here as a kid and thought it’d be fun to work alongside those who taught me. 

What was your relationship with math before you started serving? 

In school, I looked forward to math class most days as I enjoyed the process of solving complex math problems. It was always fun to fill a paper up with symbols that my parents couldn’t understand.  

How does Math Corps fit into your overall career goals?

Math Corps, so far, has given me some great insight on the process of talking to and teaching others, of which I will definitely bring forward to wherever I go next.  

Do you have any plans for the education award? 

I have been thinking about going back to college to continue my degree further or trying out something different but in the same field. Either way, the extra money is nice to have. 

What’s your favorite part of tutoring in general? 

I enjoy when I can see the imaginary light bulbs over my student’s heads’ light up when they put something together. It always makes me smile. 

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