By Kat Neeland, Lake Quinault Intern and GHYW Education and Training Intern

My name is Kat Neeland and I live in Humptulips. I am 17 years old and I go to Lake Quinault School. I chose to participate in Grays Harbor Youth Works because I thought it would be a great idea to help me decide what I want to do in the future. My internship is at Lake Quinault School and I work with Mrs. Mabey who is the elementary Art and Music teacher. In this internship, I have had the opportunity to gain experience classroom management skills along with learning more about the area and how to convey art and music in the best way to students. 

I work with Kindergarten through 5th grade students and learn different strategies to control them depending upon their age. Sometimes I would instruct small groups by myself. I taught first grade through fourth grades how to ready some rhythms. Just the basic rhythms like quarter notes, eighth notes, half notes and quarter rests. I taught all the kids about lines and shapes in art and there meaning to art. I made my own lesson plan on lines and shapes for the students. I did a drawing lesson plan with the entire first-grade class and for my first try with an entire class it was not that bad but I still need improvements. 

I am awfully glad that I have this opportunity because it is helping me decide if this is what I really want to do, rather than going to college for an education degree and realizing I do not want to teach. I am just incredibly happy I was able to do an internship in teaching. I have learned a lot and I am glad that Grays Harbor Youth Works made this possible for me.

Lake Quinault GHYW Intern works with Elementary School Students

We are proud to say, Kat used her intern experience and has been hired by a school district as a paraeducator.