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CBS 2 Heroes - McKinley AmeriCorps
One history and economics major plus one statistics major equals student success at McKinley Middle School. Americorps members Emily Jeffries and Claire Stevens didn't know each other before taking on the assignment as math teacher assistants at McKinley. One from upstate New York and one from rural Iowa, the two make a powerful team. Teacher Mary Reynolds says, "It's just been unbelievable. Such a big help to all of us." She continues, "There's a different relationship between the member and student than I have with the student. It's just as valuable and just as important."
Jeffries and Stevens have success stories of their own to share when they take their next assignment. Both have seen marked changes in their students. While they may not consider their work heroic, Mrs. Reynolds disagrees, "They're not trained teachers. They're young people out of college who think this is important. They ARE my heroes."