Michigan's AmeriCorps Site Supervisor of the Month
Katie Danicek is an internal coach for the Michigan Education Corps (MEC) – Reading Corps program at Edgewood Elementary School in Fruitport, MI. She is an effective supervisor with a strong knowledge of the AmeriCorps program goals, as well as the expectations and requirements for each member and service site.
The MEC – Reading Corps, administered by Hope Network, is a replication of the transformational Minnesota Reading Corps. MEC AmeriCorps members are trained as tutors and coached by literacy experts. These members become an extension of the instructional capacity of K-3rd grade classrooms in 20 cities across lower Michigan. These members help students become proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade.
As an internal coach, Katie is responsible for ensuring members perform their interventions accurately, creating members’ schedules, and supporting members at their site so they can focus their energy on serving their students. She is responsive and reliable, which helps create an environment that provides members with what they need to be successful. Katie prioritizes member needs and will rearrange her schedule if a member needs additional support or has questions or concerns related to their role as a tutor.
Katie always ensures members complete their service with fidelity and integrity. She helps hold members accountable and provides constructive feedback on an ongoing basis. “Katie’s feedback is always welcomed because she tailors her suggestions to our needs and the way we serve,” stated one of the members under Katie’s supervision. “I especially like that she cares enough to get to know us and finds specific, helpful pointers that work best for us.”
Katie cares about the growth and professional development of her members and has provided additional training on topics like how to communicate with staff at the service site. She encourages members to attend trainings and meetings, as appropriate, with those same staff to help the members feel more connected. She also looks for opportunities within the community for her members to develop new skills and serve others. The Michigan Education Corps is extremely proud to have a site supervisor as hardworking and dedicated to their mission as Katie.