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Volunteer Spotlight


Katie Van Winkle, Volunteer of the Year

Katie started volunteering with TAP fall 2009 as an After School Volunteer at Barrington Elementary with Teaching Artist Aron Taylor. Katie has also been a huge help at multiple events and making supplies for our programming.

In spring 2010, Katie became a Teaching Artist herself and still volunteered at Barrington! Katie has been such a dependable volunteer and a joy to work with. Thank you, Katie!

“Who do I tell, besides everyone, that Katie is the most amazing Teaching assistant ever. She takes charge where she is needed and is always way helpful and the kids love her. She deserves to have a gold statue made of her.” -Aron Taylor, TAP Teaching Artist

Natasha Freeman, Outstanding After School Programming Volunteer

Natasha started volunteering with TAP in fall 2009 as an After School volunteer at Brown Elementary with Teaching Artist Natalie Goodnow and continued volunteering spring 2010 with Teaching Artist Deanna Deolloz. I love the passion she has for volunteering and working with youth through the creative arts. Thank you, Natasha!

“Natasha was a very proactive and attentive volunteer. She cared about really getting to know the kids and doing a good job. She had never taught before volunteering with us, but she learned so much about classroom management so quickly. She would make a great teacher one day if she wanted to do that in the future.
-Natalie Goodnow, TAP Teaching Artist

Miriam Jurgensen, Outstanding After School Programming Volunteer

Miriam started volunteering with TAP spring 2010 as an After School Volunteer at Langford Elementary with Teaching Artist Freddy Carnes. Miriam shared her costume expertise and expertise on Greek mythology with the class, even bringing in her personal collection of books and costumes to aid them in the process of creating “The Golden Apple” play. Thank you, Miriam!

“Miriam is the one of the best volunteers that I have worked with here at TAP. She came last Saturday to the AISD Showcase at Kealing Middle School. She not only helped with costumes, but with rehearsing the children and even stepping into a role when needed. She has a wonderful attitude and I know will have a successful life no matter what she chooses to do. She told me on Wednesday that she has been accepted to go to China and teach English. She leaves in August. I wonder if she will teach Chinese children to say ‘To be, or not to be…'”

-Freddy Carnes, TAP Teaching Artist

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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