|Westmoore High School senior Megan Palmer, a volunteer for Teen Trendsetters mentoring and tutoring program, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. Teen Trendsetters, a program of the Barbara Bush Foundation on Family Literacy, matches high school students with second-graders for reading activities. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Teen Trendsetters, Moore Public SchoolsMegan Palmer, a senior at Westmoore High School, has been named the outstanding mentor for Teen Trendsetters in Moore.
The program, sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation on Family Literacy, matches high school students one-to-one with first- or second-graders who are at least six months behind their peers in reading. The pairs use Scholastic Brainstorm, a science-based curriculum co-authored by Scholastic and the Bush Foundation. Teen participants receive online reading and leadership training.
As a Teen Trendsetter, Megan works with 6-year-olds Lilly and Landon at Sky Ranch Elementary School. “She is able to engage Lilly and Landon through gentle encouragement and a warm smile,” said Elizabeth Langford, Moore Teen Trendsetters program director. “She is not afraid to be silly and when the Scholastic magazine asks them to waddle like a penguin or jump like a frog, she’s moving right along with her mentees.
“I have witnessed her kind, patient demeanor help the mentee who frequently has trouble focusing and emotional outbursts,” Elizabeth said.
In addition to mentoring, Megan is the Lead Teen for the program, which means she reviews all materials in advance, helps take roll and helps assign a substitute if a child’s mentor isn’t present.
“Megan's peers often tell me, ‘She is so patient,’ or ‘She is so good with kids,’” added Elizabeth. "And her two mentees adore her, bobbing their heads vigorously up and down when I asked if they are having a good time.”