Each and everyone who comes to Genesee Valley leaves as a part of our family. That includes campers, staff … and even animals. That’s why we thought it was only appropriate to profile some of our staff alumni, who may have moved on from Genesee Valley, but will always have a place in our hearts!
Meet Cary Enny, who worked with us at Genesee Valley for four seasons. During her time here, she impacted many hearts and minds. Cary had the goal of becoming a teacher, but wasn’t sure where to start after college.
“Genesee Valley was instrumental on my path to becoming a reading specialist. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but after college I wasn’t sure where to start. After an AmeriCorps position in California and a few odd jobs on the East Coast, I found Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center. I learned that they were hiring and called to apply. I was hired and started in the summer. I benefited from a wonderful training program where I learned group games, initiatives, student management techniques, and how to plan the flow of the day. I spent time learning how to manage and engage groups of all ages and from all walks of life. I gained experience in recognizing the needs of the participants and deciding how best to guide them toward successful learning opportunities.
These examples and more prepared me to make the leap into the classroom. After 4 seasons at Genesee Valley, I was ready for the challenge of managing my own classroom. My first year was rocky as I navigated the challenges of being a first year teacher! But, my experience at Genesee Valley provided me with the resources and expertise to identify student needs and group dynamics and apply relevant best practices to creating a positive and constructive learning environment. Throughout my career I have used the skills I learned at Genesee Valley to foster a classroom environment that includes fun, challenge, and hands on learning.”