Hey! Caitlyn here, writing to you from good ole Yellow Springs. I moved off-campus in August into a big house with lots of friends! Everything has changed so much since then, which is something I’m learning to cope with.
Now I’m on co-op and finally working with kids! I was lucky enough to be hired as the math tutor Miller Fellow at Yellow Springs High School. They didn’t hire me full-time so I’m still working a few other jobs to fulfill co-op hours requirements and make rent— another thing I’m learning to navigate! I’m also taking a Queer Reading class during this co-op and experiencing familial and identity difficulties, which are all things I’m hoping to continue to grow and learn from.
Anyway, to be honest I am not the best at math. I passed everything in high school and have taken a few required math courses at Antioch but it is far from a favorite subject of mine. I took this job to challenge myself and give myself more experience working with younger people in a classroom setting. So far I’d say I’m doing a great job! I am working mostly with students who have diagnosed learning or math disabilities/difficulties. I feel very comfortable with the math we do together and I feel confident in my abilities to learn with them when we stumble into something that’s confusing.
I am so, so excited to get to work in a school for a whole year and build relationships with students and staff members there. This will be a co-op for learning to live in my body, in this house, and with this level of excitement.
I’m writing to you now from Auburndale, MA one pocket of the suburban quilt of Newton, the biggest and closest suburb of Boston. Boston is great! It has everything I could ever wish for in a moment’s notice. I’ve been on quite the sushi bender here and, while my funds cannot support that much longer, the city always can! Having taken a class at MIT at working at Harvard I’ve spent a lot of time on the trains. They can get me anywhere I want to go, albeit not as quickly as a car could (but there’s be nowhere to park!).
I’m working as an archivist at Critical Exploration Press, an educational materials publishing house in Cambridge. Thus far my job has included general office organization and archiving of books and other materials found in the office. CEPress is working to produce materials and trainings and provide resources for educators or radical education enthusiast that follow the ideals of Eleanor Duckworth. I am working to provide a comfortable space for working and an online archive of all the resources currently in the office that will one day become available for members of the organization.