Every day, corps and staff collaborate with amazing service partners who support us and make our joint efforts successful. Through their support and collaboration, these partners play an important role in making corps members’ year of service powerful and enjoyable. Below, Ms. Freda Johnson, assistant headmaster of the Freshman Academy at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School is profiled by Kris Bryson, team leader serving on the Comcast Team at the Burke.
“Without a doubt, one of the best parts of serving at the Burke is the amazing staff that I have the privilege to work with.”
This is my second year serving in the freshmen academy at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School. Without a doubt, one of the best parts of serving at the Burke is the amazing staff that I have the privilege to work with. The staff at the Burke is hard-working, dedicated 100 percent to doing what is best for the students, and still knows how to have fun. They inspire me every day I am at the school. In the 9th grade, we are led by our assistant headmaster, Ms. Freda Johnson.
Ms. Johnson oversees anything and everything that happens on her floor and with her students. Watching Ms. Johnson work, it is immediately evident that the success of each and every one of her students is her top priority. What makes this attitude even more powerful is that it is obvious to her students as well. When she speaks, even the toughest and “coolest” of our students listen to her. They hear and respond to the authority but also the care and mutual respect that is obvious in every interaction she has with them.
Serving in Ms. Johnson’s academy is not a job you can do sitting down. She understands better than most the importance of City Year’s work and always pushes corps members to do their very best for the students at the Burke. If you bring an idea to her, rather than turn you down, she is more than likely to challenge you to expand and develop it to achieve its maximum benefit. While she always expects more from us, she is also always willing to share both the work and the responsibility. Like most great leaders, she is constantly in the trenches, doing no less work than she is asking of her team.