At FTE our Program Coordinators (PC)s are an essential part to ensuring our student summer programs are successful! They act as a mentor and guide to our students throughout the week.
One PC that we are fortunate to have on the FTE team is Alex Baker. This summer Alex can be found working at our Economics for Leaders program in Berkeley, CA and our Economic History for Leaders program in Boston at Tufts. He is an alumnus of the program, attending EFL Wooster in 2011.
When Alex is not at EFL he is travelling and teaching. Last year he worked for the Austrian ministry of education as an English speaking assistant. He was placed in a vocational school and a general education school where he helped students with their English as well as introduced different topics related to American culture. Next year Alex will work as a choir director at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Indiana where he will be working with show choirs, jazz choirs, traditional choirs, and piano students.
When asked what he loves about the job of Program Coordinator, Alex says, “it gives me the opportunity to interact more closely with students than I would in the classroom, both because I work with a smaller group and because of the nature of the activities. Students tend to get really close to each other over the course of the week, and they learn how to work together more effectively as a team, while utilizing their indivisible strengths. It’s really rewarding for me to witness that process.”
Just like the students that Alex works with, he himself has the opportunity to learn and grow with each program. He says, “working at EFL each summer reminds me that I should always be seeking to improve myself and move forward, and that I should surround myself with people that will support and guide me along the way. I’m continually inspired and motivated by the people I meet at EFL and I feel like they encourage me to be the best version of myself. ”