Without wonderful partners in our host schools, KidsTek would not be able to run our enriching programs for students in Colorado. At our high school sites in particular, there are school staff who let us be effective in each of these schools. Not only are these school staff liaisons to our team, but they are often our greatest advocates within the schools.
This year marks our 10th anniversary serving students at Denver’s North High School. During much of that time, our primary contact has been school counselor Kathy Hoffman. Kathy has worked in education for 21 years, with 11 of those years as a counselor at North.
Meghan Lang, Program Manager at KidsTek who works with Kathy on a regular basis, says “One thing that is obvious is that the students trust Kathy. She has such a special presence with the kids, and it is so apparent when you are at North. Students frequently ask to visit Mrs. Hoffman and go to her with any questions or problems they might be having. It is really cool to see a counselor that has developed individual relationships with so many students and is dedicated to showing each of them that they matter.”
When Kathy was asked what her favorite part about being a counselor was, she responded, “I love to watch students learn, grow and blossom over the four years of high school. I love helping students learn about themselves and the world and ultimately guide them to their paths after high school.” KidsTek is grateful for host sites like North High School, but it really is the individual relationships within the schools that make KidsTek staff feel at home. Kathy is reliable, positive, kind and truly values the KidsTek program at North. She stated, “KidsTek is such a wonderful support for our students. Not only do they learn vital technology skills, but they get opportunities to network and connect with community leaders in the industry. Our students love this class and the KidsTek team. The KidsTek team bends over backwards for our Viking Scholars and we couldn’t be luckier to have them on our campus.”