The weather may be getting colder, but many of our wonderful Insight Ambassadors are still out attending high school basketball games and other school fairs! Through these events, they’ve met many people who are invested in supporting the students of their local communities. From substitute teaching to custodial positions, Insight offers several ways to work in your local schools and give back on your own time.
Our next featured ambassador is Issa Marquina-Jacobo from Vineland, New Jersey. She has been working with Insight since May of 2017 and usually takes substitute positions in Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland Public Schools. One of Issa’s favorite things about working with Insight is the ability to create her own schedule and choose when and where she works.
Why do you substitute?
I am going to school to be an educator. What better way to learn than by getting your hands dirty?
What’s your favorite grade to work with?
My favorite age groups have been both High School and Pre-K. They are easier to work with.
What is your favorite substituting story?
A Pre-K group in Vineland treated me like family. Since I am pregnant, they rubbed my belly to say “hi” and “bye” and were extremely well behaved. It was like they knew me for a while, and it was my first time with them.
What do you like to do when you’re not substituting?
I am in graduate school finishing my degree in school counseling, doing internship and working, so there’s not a lot of time off. On my time off however, I like to read, take nature walks, and enjoy my family.
Why did you become an Insight Ambassador?
I decided to become an ambassador because Insight worked well for me. I can speak about the process from experience in sharing how this job fits into your individual life circumstances.
What’s the best thing about working with Insight?
The best thing about being an ambassador is meeting and interacting with people. I like to engage in conversations and make the experience personal instead of just handing out a flyer or information card.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I originally went to school to study health sciences but ended up in education.
Do you have any tips for new substitutes?
Consistency is key. Following through with what you say is the best way to gain trust. The job sounds worse than what it really is; the kids are just as scared as you are!
If you would like to know more about the Insight Ambassador program or learn how you can become one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.