We are very excited to introduce you a person that you may not be as familiar with. Today’s Ensworth Grind features a woman who spends a lot of her time behind the scenes as a constant support, encourager, helper, and friend to all the students… Sarah Hurst, P1 assistant and head of Aftercare.
Q: How long have you been at Ensworth? Have you always been a P1 assistant? What do you love about that position?
A: A quick nineteen years. Yes, I have always been an assistant. I love simply being able to work with young children without having to do any paperwork and I get to help five and six year olds translate their thoughts onto paper. How amazing is that!
Q: You must really love the kids, because besides P1 assistant, you are also in charge of After Care…what is it that makes you want to do both?
A: Sometimes I wonder about that. But most days I love both jobs. Aftercare is a place where I can plan art activities, play games and puzzle over fourth grade math homework. The best part is watching children whom I have known since they were five years old grow up. There are children that have been in Aftercare every afternoon of their school lives for six years and even into eighth grade. It is a joy to watch how they change as they move through Ensworth. I also enjoy working with the college staff, the relationships that develop between children of different ages and the sense of community.
A: I would hopefully be drawing and painting in my studio producing salable work but possibly I would be asleep under a good book.
Q: Tell us something that nobody would know about you.
A: I was a card carrying member of the NAACP. I baby sat for an ocelot for three months and I once had a conversation with the famous mine Marcel Marceau.
A: Like every teacher there are the golden moments when I see a struggling child ”get it” and jump into learning feet first with the joy of discovery, but my favorite recent memory is this week in Aftercare. During announcements, which is a time when children tell of loose teeth, birthdays, and new puppies, a girl sadly told that her grandmother was very sick and in the hospital. As soon as the meeting was over, children of all ages rushed to the art table and made get-well cards and made sure everyone in Aftercare had a chance to sign them so they could be taken to the grandmother. This spontaneous display of compassion for a friend is what I love about Aftercare and Ensworth, when the sense of caring and community come together and it is generated by the students themselves.
Q: Who is someone on the EHS campus that you would like to see featured next?
A: Cati Blitz. I think she is a fascinating person.