Our Employee of the Month is Stephen Singh from Washington D.C.
Stephen Singh is our amazing Area Coordinator in Washington D.C. He really stepped up to the plate this summer with our camps in D.C., working tirelessly with his staff, and making sure our camps were an amazing experience for the students. Stephen definitely knows how to make any experience fun for kids, and is the kind of guy you want on your team!
Stephen, thank you for being such an outstanding employee and area coordinator!
To show our appreciation for your dedication and hard work – please check your email this week for a special gift.
- Who are you, where do you come from, where are you going?
Who am I? I am still a work in progress, I am satisfied career wise but I do feel there are things I need to improve on professionally and personally. I was born in Guyana and became a resident of the US in 1992 and have since moved to several states from New York, Florida and Washington, DC (District) and I am looking forward to moving to other states such Oregon and also California. Those states hopefully will be in advancement of my professional and personal life.
- How long have you been teaching with Apollo?
I have been a part of the Apollo After School family since 2017 and am still going strong with the company.
- What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started teaching?
One of the most important lessons I have learned over the years is that your students possess an innate ability to sense things with you. They know when you are happy and when you are sad.
- How do you motivate your students to succeed?
My students who are challenging are the ones I tend to gravitate towards because it allows me to really use my skills as an educator and other students tend to see a little softer side of me.
- If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would like to have the ability to hear someone’s thoughts – in this profession it would help tremendously to be able to hear what a child is thinking who is unable to articulate him/herself.
- What is your most memorable memory from your time as an Apollo instructor?
My most memorable moment: I was having a bad day and I didn’t realize I was emoting a little sadness, so he gave me a hug. His response later when I asked why? His response was, “You look like you needed it.”
- If you could retire tomorrow and never have to worry about money again, what would you do with your time?
I would like to retire to a small town with a house, a car and not much of a population. It would be quiet and I would live a simple life.
- What’s your go-to technique for dealing with ‘handful students’?
I love to play human pinball and it’s always a crowd pleaser. Most of the students don’t really follow the rules but they love to play it.
- What is an unusual place you have been to?
The most unusual place I have ever been to is a nude beach. My motto is to try everything at least once.
- Do you have a talent that not many people know about?
I actually am not sure what my talent is or if I possess one.
- What’s your #1 teaching tip?
My number one tip for anyone within this field is to know your audience.
- What’s your favorite classroom Attention Getter?
My favorite one to use is “if you can hear me, clap once” but I put my own spin on it. By saying “if you can hear me, touch your nose or ears.”
- What is something interesting that you’re involved in, outside of Apollo After School?
Aside from being an avid bruncher, I enjoy exploring small cities/towns. Love architecture and the culture that influences it.
- How do you spend your summer breaks?
Mostly indoors because it is too hot to be outside but I do enjoy a pool, beach and waterfront days.
- Star Wars, Star Trek, or they’re both lame?
I have recently been exploring Star Trek with the new iterations of them. Loving the Picard series.
- What do you like most about working with Apollo?
I enjoy my flexibility of working from home and my co-workers but most of all my students.