My story with KidTek began the summer after I graduated from 8th grade. I was 13 years old and eager for some responsibility and a chance to grow as a young (very young) professional. I first began volunteering as an intern at KidTek that summer. I remember accidentally putting one of the Co-Founders Santana Peck, on hold while still learning the ropes. From that experience I came back to KidTek each summer while in HS to volunteer and intern.
While in HS, KidTek exposed me to different aspects of being a professional. I learned office and phone etiquette, how to be an effective camp counselor, and was even mentored by a Education PhD student while learning to teach my first class. KidTek provided the space and opportunity for me to grow into the professional I am today.
KidTek also loved me by holding us accountable to a high bar of professionalism. I’m certain that I can speak on my cohort of interns when I say that the acute attention to detail around the particularities of our lives, made the difference in our lives.
Today, I’m a 4th Grade Special Education teacher in Newark, NJ. I love my work and the life that I’ve built for myself. The mentorship and opportunity provided by KidTek helped form me into the man I am today.