Laura Grossman, Summerbridge Hong Kong

Laura Grossman, Summerbridge Hong Kong

Laura Grossman
Summerbridge Hong Kong
English Immersion
Univeristy of Florida

This past Saturday, SBHK had our Introduction Day events followed by a few days of training this week for our department and committee heads. Every minute has been high-energy from the very beginning and the coolest part of all of it is how much our admin team offers us, especially they're energy. If anyone were to ask me why I intern with Summerbridge/Breakthrough, I would immediately emphasize how incredible the program is based on the fact that learning is entirely associated with spirit and enthusiasm the entire time. When I arrived to admin training Monday morning, the Admin team was awaiting our arrival with huge smiles while jumping up and down cheering. Each morning and afternoon have been characterized by a facebook/youtube/twitter themed All School Meeting (ASM) that our admin team performed for us. The Summerbridge admin team expects us to sustain an environment of creativity and spirit throughout the entire summer, which is completely reasonable of them considering how good of an example they have set for us during these past few days. I really appreciate the community that they have begun to build for us this summer!

As a leader of my department, I feel much more prepared because of the training sessions this week. Not only was my role explained to me, but the department heads of my site were asked to design our own original list of goals and expectations that we have as a guideline for the rest of the summer. Fortunately, my role is now my own because of the amount of thought we were asked to dedicate to it. But more than anything, I am glad I've learned that all of this stuff is really more about learning how to foster a healthy spirit and community than it is to be the head of my department.

I'm looking forward to my site's overnight retreat on Friday, and then our teacher training week begins on Monday. It feels like we won't see our students for an eternity, although I'm not complaining about having some more staff bonding and prep time to dive into!