Three Bonner Scholars from Davidson engaged with the Freedom School this summer, as profiled in this Davidson.edu article.
TJ Elliott, linebacker and sociology major, has developed a new appreciation for teachers.
He’d worked with kids as a summer camp counselor, a tutor, and football coach for his little brother’s Pop Warner team. Teaching as a Freedom Schools servant leader intern this summer opened a new view.
Leading a classroom of energetic six to eight-year-olds every day – with a mission to improve their literacy skills – kept the Davidson College class of ’21 football player and Bonner Scholar from Charlotte playing a nimble mix of defense and offense.
President Carol Quillen participates in Freedom Schools' Harambee.
“I always thought it was about managing the class and helping kids redirect their behavior when they need that,” said Elliott, of Charlotte. “I wasn’t thinking about making lesson plans and all the preparation involved. It made me realize that we don’t pay teachers nearly enough.”