Daniel Rounds is from Tinton Falls, NJ, but currently lives in Media, PA. He is the son of an Army officer and moved eight times during his childhood, living on military bases both domestically and internationally. At Princeton, he majored in Spanish and Portuguese and minored in Latino Studies. Daniel has volunteered extensively with local underrepresented middle school students by tutoring with Community House After School Academy and served as the Co-Chair of the Community House Executive Board for two years. His academic interests have led to internships with Ronald McDonald House Charities in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an HIV/AIDS clinic in Guatemala City. Daniel is also a musician, playing both saxophone and piano, and a die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan. In this post he shares his experience thus far at The Community Group in MA. The Community Group (TCG) is a private, nonprofit organization creating opportunities through education since 1970. TCG manages a range of programs, including a network of early childhood and out-of-school time programs, a network of charter and district public schools, consulting and training programs, and a child care resource and referral program. Daniel works at the Community Day Arlington Elementary School.
My Fellowship at Community Day Arlington Elementary School (CDAES) in Lawrence, Massachusetts, has flown by and I have enjoyed every second of it. My role as a Generalist at the school certainly reflects the varied nature of the position, as I began the year focusing on community outreach and have transitioned to working in several different capacities with students at CDAES. After teaching kindergarten full-time for several months, I now split my time between the kindergarten classroom and working on writing skills with third graders. In addition, I teach a weekly class about the citizenship application process to parents who are seeking to become U.S. citizens.
As you can probably tell, no two days are alike at my job and truly enjoy coming to work each day. I am surrounded by wonderful people who wish to make a difference and ensure that all children, no matter their zip code, receive a quality education.
I was first drawn to this Fellowship because Lawrence is a city defined by immigration, and I hope to work with migrant populations in the future as a physician.
The Project 55 program has enabled me to critically engage with the community and form meaningful relationships with both my students and their families.
Without question, I will carry these experiences with me as I enter medical school and truly believe that I will be a better physician because of my year at CDAES. I have learned so much over the course of this year and am excited for the several months that remain of the Fellowship.