Spotlight: Interview with Coach Lewis

Three cheers for ITEC instructor Kelli Lewis and the Titans!

ITEC caught up with Kelli, coach of ITEC’s Lego Robotics team who competed in the Lego Robotics Challenge at MSU in November 2012. Here’s a Facebook gallery of the team in action. She tells us about team-building and how teaching allows her to see into the future.

Thank you for your hard work, Kelli!

Q: How long have you worked with ITEC?

I have been working for ITEC for nearly a year, both in Lego Robotics and iMath.

Q: What is your degree?

My degree is in Secondary English Education with a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages).

Q: What made you want to teach?

What made me want to become a teacher was my desire to help others. I thought about becoming a therapist or social worker, but I’ve always had a knack for tutoring and teaching. There is an intrinsic reward in teaching that you can’t find anywhere else. I get to see the future before it happens. I get to meet the future engineers, doctors, mathematicians, social workers, nurses, and of course, teachers, before they start their careers. It’s very exciting and very heart-warming to know that I helped them complete their goals and their education.

Team Titans at the Spartan Robotics Challenge

Q: What was your favorite part of the Lego Robotics Competition?

My favorite part of the Lego Robotics Competition was when the judges were asking the kids questions about their performance, and they talked about what their teammates had done during the competition to help out. When we started in the fall, they were far from being a team. They refused to help each other, or acknowledge eachother’s accomplishments. By the end of the semester, they were fixing team member’s robots when they broke, and cheering each other on when their robots were performing.  It was so nice to see them come together as a team at last, and then to walk away with 2nd place in research quality for their idea of, a website where seniors can go to reach kids who are willing to help them with chores, grocery shopping, and yard work, was more than I could ask for. I was happy to see them working together with mutual respect and appreciation.