Optimists honor Cole as Intern of Month
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club has recognized Lauren Cole, a junior at Summit High School, as its April “Intern of the Month.”
Cole has been serving an internship in the Suzuki method of violin under mentor Tammy Linn. She also teaches young children in the Suzuki method of violin.
“The violin has been an important part of my life for 12 years, so I decided that I should expand my knowledge of the instrument by actually becoming an instructor for younger children,” Cole said of her desire to pursue music as a career.
“I have aspirations to include violin as part of my college studies and continue teaching. After college graduation, I would like to participate in orchestral performances, make a profession of instructing young violinists, and play the violin as solo opportunities arise.”
“Lauren goes beyond time spent preparing lesson plans and teaching her students the mechanics of violin playing,” said Tammy Linn, Lauren’s mentor. “Lauren invests time in her own violin playing, as well as investing time outside of teaching to nurture her relationships with her students.
“I believe Lauren is an excellent role model for her students.”
Cole is working to further her teaching ability by observing other violin instructors during lessons with their students. This has helped increase her awareness of teaching techniques, reinforce the importance of role models, and highlight the variation of personality and attitude in student-teacher relationships.
“Lauren is well-organized, has specific goals for her students, and always has words of praise for (my daughter),” said Kathleen Serra, the mother of one of Lauren’s students. “I can see that Lauren truly enjoys teaching and genuinely cares about her students.”
The Intern of the Month award is a result of collaboration between Summit High School, Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club, the Violence Prevention Initiative, Asset Builders of the Summit and the Business Education Alliance.
The Optimist Club presents recognition plaques to a student and mentor each month. Any mentor who would like to nominate an intern for this award should contact either Laura Dickinson or Joel Hecht, high school internship teachers, at (970) 547-9311 ext. 1194.
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