Co-op Corner: Crestwood Lower School

McKenzie Baker '25
For Grade 11, I chose to take co-op and feel fortunate that Greenwood offers this opportunity. For my placement, I work at Crestwood Lower School which was where I attended elementary school and middle school. Every Monday afternoon and Thursday morning, I spend time in a Grade 3 classroom, helping the students with their learning and social skills. I have been able to build a connection with each kid in that class as well as the teacher. This co-op placement allows me to improve my communication, patience, empathy, active listening and organizational skills. I use these skills to help the students improve in the areas they are having difficulty with. One of the students in the class isn’t able to communicate her needs very well, has a lot of trouble with her reading and writing skills and it’s hard for her to be social with her peers. The experience I have working with her has not only helped her, but it has helped me see what kind of person I am. 

Co-op is definitely a course I would recommend to incoming students, as it helps you in so many ways. For example, it gives you the opportunity to explore the interests you have and what you might want to do after high school. Over the past few months, I have enjoyed the experience of going to a workplace with new people and have a better idea of what I might like to pursue after high school.
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