Staff Stories

What's it like to work for WINGS for Kids?

Listen to our staff describe what it's like to work for WINGS!

soundcloud-for-pc-computer-download.png

read more...

Practicing What we Preach

by Stephanie Smith, Former Program Director
stephanie-350x250.jpeg

“The first day of WINGS’ summer training for staff is a little like the first day of school when you find yourself sitting in a new class. WINGSLeaders are surrounded by people who are now a part of their “team”, a part of an instant “family” of sorts, but sometimes it takes a little time to warm up to those coworkers who are otherwise strangers...

read more...

Watching Change Happen

by Shameka Waiters, Former Program Director

“Ms. Shameka, Kevin is under the desk again and won’t come out of Academic Center”… “ Ms. Shameka, Shanell is being very disrespectful and using curse words”… “Ms. Shameka, Jason is in the bathroom stall and won’t come out.”

This is how the first few weeks went for me at James Simons Elementary this year. As the Peace Manager I...

read more...

A Special Bond

by Cristy McCrery, Former Program Operations Assistant

One hundred thirty kids were crammed inside a physical education classroom for dismissal. Because it was PTA night at Memminger all of our WINGS kids reported to this small room instead of the cafeteria.All I remember hearing within my first month at WINGS was the sound of WINGSLeaders...

read more...

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

BY CHERYL HOLLIS, REGIONAL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR - SOUTH CAROLINA

“On your mark, get set, GO!!!” Every day felt like the starting line of a race when it came to three particular girls in my nest. I could see myself in these three girls—each of them trying to one-up...

read more...

A Warm WINGS Welcome

BY NICOLE LOVECCHIO, CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER

A broken leg, metal rods, and a wheel chair—this is how Jacob started his fifth grade school year. After a major surgery to repair his bowed legs, and a tough three-month recovery, Jacob was back in...

read more...

The WINGS Creed…SEL Put to Words

BY HEATHER WILLIAMS, REGIONAL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR - ATLANTA

“Okay, this year we’re going to start something new,” I was told at staff training. I was a returning WINGSLeader, and thought that I knew exactly what to expect starting another year with WINGS. That...

read more...

Former WINGSLeader Finds Her WINGS

by BRIDGET LAIRD, CEO

It was a Thursday and it was happening again. Giggling, chatting, rolling of the eyes. I could feel my face getting red. I was leading a staff meeting, and all I could focus on were these regularly...

read more...

THE ORIGIN OF WINGS -AN INSPIRING EXAMPLE OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN KIDS GET WINGS

by Ginny Deerin, Founder
Ginny Deerin Wings For Kids

At 40, Ginny Deerin was recognized as a successful woman. She had lots of friends, a son at Harvard, a smart, beautiful baby girl and five brothers and sisters she adored. In South Carolina she had...

read more...