Interning this summer at one of the country’s most interesting learning programs is Carolyn Pluchino ’10. For the past 33 years, the Exploration summer program has assembled many young, outgoing, inquisitive kids from around the world to challenge themselves in topics they may not get to study during the school year. There are three different programs, junior, senior and intermediate. Pluchino has been a member of the staff for the past three years and is currently teaching the junior program, which includes children going into 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades.
This six-week program contains two sessions, each being three weeks long and Pluchino is teaching two classes this summer, 3-D studio and jewelry making, and berries and baking workshop.
“I primarily teach children about arts and crafts and let them explore using their own creativity. I really love teaching there and enjoy the funny activities we get to do that many of kids don’t have the chance to achieve at home or school,” she says.
Pluchino is majoring in psychology, with a triple minor in education, child advocacy and public policy.
“I am in the certification program at HWS and want to become a teacher. So, when Exploration came to recruit, I thought it was a perfect way to get involved and gain more experience in a classroom,” she says.