Students at Medfield Afterschool Program Recognize Teacher Longevity
At the end-of-the-year event last week, MAP students honored their teachers Meghan Jackson and Michael Ikoma for their many years with the enrichment program.
Last week, Medfield Afterschool Program students at the Memorial School and the Pfaff Center recognized two MAP teachers, who are celebrating anniversaries this year, by hand-crafting signs featuring Roman numerals.
Michael Ikoma, the site director of the fourth and fifth grade enrichment program held at the Pfaff Center for Dale Street School students, marked 10 years with MAP, and Meghan Jackson, a Lead Educator at the Kindergarten and first grade location next to the Memorial School, is celebrating 15 years -- twice as long as her students have been alive -- with the organization.
MAP Executive Director Gaye Shannon said the "deep experience and continuity of MAP’s teachers" is part of what keeps the organization vibrant and popular with Medfield parents. Many of MAP’s employees have been there longer than 15 years.
“The longevity of our staff allows us to build strong relationships with our families, develop as teachers within our program, and is a strong reflection of our commitment to maintaining MAP as the best place to be after school," said Ikoma.
"Overall, the after school industry has a high staff turnover rate; the fact that we have retained so many teachers for five, 10, even 15-plus years is a testament to how great of an organization MAP is,” he said.
The non-profit Medfield Afterschool Program, Inc. is accepting registrations for the coming school year. For more information, visit www.medfieldafterschool program.com