Each year, Champions honors site directors who go above and beyond in creating a high-quality before-and-after school environment. Quality Achievement Award Winner Kerri Kubacki, who leads the Champions program at George Mountain Elementary School in Seekonk, Mass., knows that she has the opportunity to have a positive impact in the lives of the children she cares for. By paying attention to their unique needs and interests, Kerri makes sure all her children have an experience they’ll never forget.
How long have you been with Champions?
What do you love most about your job?
I know it sounds simple but I love the kids! One of my favorite memories is of a former Champ—now high schooler—running up to me to say that he misses me and that his days with Champions were the good days! My goal is for my Champs to think of their time with me as the good times!
What Service Value resonates most with you and why?
I genuinely care about every child in my classroom. I strive to make a difference in the life of every child that walks into my program. I get to know them so that they see that I truly care about them. The little things go a long way—such as knowing who had a big karate meet over the weekend so that you can ask them about it as soon as they walk in! I love watching their face light up when they realize that Miss Kerri remembered! Really listening to what they have to say means so much to them.
What advice would you give to your colleagues?
I would remind my colleagues to find the good in every day! Some days are going to be better than others, but there is always something that happens that gives you a reason to smile. The kids always brighten my day! How can you have a bad day when you’re surrounded by your Champions?