On Friday, I sat down with Yea Afolabi and asked her as many questions as I could in five minutes.
Jonathan Zucker: How long and in what capacity have you worked at College Prep?
Yea Afolabi: This is my third year as the Director of Learning Services.
Yea Afolabi, Director of Learning Services
JZ: Tell me about your job?Yea: I love that I get to help people for a living. I love that students who are coming in who have problems with anything from time management and organization, to having backpacks that are too heavy, to needing support with writing essays and history papers, can come by my office and always feel welcome to get the help that they need and that there’s absolutely no stigma associated with getting that help and support.
JZ: What’s the goal of the Learning Center?
Yea: The goal of the Learning Center – the actual physical space of the Learning Center – is to provide a space where students can come and either work by themselves at the laptop bar or work collectively with each other on homework. So they can work by themselves, they can work with other people, and we have a little study room. Students go in there and often work on group projects or study for tests together. It has a dry erase wall, so often times the students work out math problems on the wall. We also have a group work table that has a dry erase tabletop so students also do work on the table and leave notes for each other, which is really fun for them. It’s a welcoming, inviting space for people to work on their homework and anything they need support with.
Things got a little dicey at assembly today. Luckily, no one was hurt, though Dean Chabon did turn into a zombie! Where have I seen that before?
2:45 pm this Thursday. I’m at my desk, tired of looking at a computer screen, so I grab my camera and start walking around campus. I hear that Ms. Kolluri’s AP Computer Science class is building arduinos! I had never heard of an arduino until this summer, when Ms. Kolluri excitedly told me about all the cool things you can do with them.
For those who were unable to attend (or just want to relive the magic of) the fabulous 2014 dance show “BODY/Truth.”
Maybe you missed it last year, when zombies invaded College Prep. Well, this year’s intraterm movie making class tackled a different subject: love (which some would argue is even scarier than zombies!).
College Prep’s Class of 2014 is the largest class is school history (99 students). They have been a remarkable group since their freshman year, the large class size buoyed by its remarkable diversity of backgrounds and interests. They are preparing to graduate in a few weeks and are heading off to some great schools next fall. Here’s where they will enroll: Continue reading
Students Rising Above is a great Bay Area organization that helps low-income, first generation students who are the first in their families to go to college. This year, College Prep senior Alejandro was selected by SRA (he’s also an A Better Chance Scholar). Alejandro has done so much during his time at College Prep, including serving as an Admissions Ambassador. He is heading to Williams College in the fall and his remarkable story is here.