WINGSLeader Snapshot

Katie Barton, 22

WINGSLeaders are AmeriCorps members who are actively enrolled in college. For 2-4 years they mentor and teach at-risk elementary age kids powerful lessons in social and emotional learning (SEL) while inevitably strengthening their own skills and character. We've seen these bright young leaders soar on to promising careers including principals, teachers, lawyers, marketing execs, youth development workers, and guidance counselors. Studies show 90% of top workplace performers have high Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and this impact is so deep that we recently addressed and added its effect to our Theory of Change.

Katie Barton is a WINGSLeader serving North Charleston Elementary School students. We asked her some questions to learn more about her, and here's what she said:

I am a: Senior at College of Charleston

Major: Psychology       Minor: Spanish

WINGer since: 2012

What career or field are you looking to pursue after graduation?
I have enjoyed serving with the kids at WINGS and seeing how their families interact. As a result of my time with WINGS, I'm looking to get my masters in social work to help kids and families.

What have you learned through your service at WINGS?
I've learned how to best approach and interact with the parents of children with behavior issues. I've also learned how to interact with kids that have behavior issues.

Has WINGS changed you in any way (habits, behavior, interactions, perspective, etc.) and how?
WINGS has helped me to become more self-aware and recognize my strengths and weaknesses. I've also truly learned how to step into other's shoes.

What is your favorite part of WINGS?
Seeing kids change on a daily basis, especially when you have been working with a kid on something for a while or even just the day before.

What her Program Director, Nicole Williams says:
Katie has been a great addition to the NCES WINGS program. She is a hard worker and always a team player. When she's struggling with something, she is not afraid to ask for help or suggestions.




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