A new CIS intern shares why she loves the work she is doing because she sees how the relationships CIS develops with students are helping them grow, change and succeed.

I believe that through providing direct social services to at-risk students and connecting students with available community resources, CIS helps children to develop a sense of responsibility not only in the classroom, but also in the outside world.

Throughout my past few weeks with CIS, I have been exposed to a number of students facing challenges that I, myself, have never encountered before. Along with these challenges, however, I see an incentive to improve and motivation to grow. Thus far, I have had the opportunity to help multiple students complete their math assignments, some of whom are incredibly smart and simply need help focusing. I meet them halfway by allowing them to work with me one-on-one, or in a small group setting with fewer distractions. I have also worked with students on improving undesirable behavior inside the classroom that has sprouted from emotional distress at home.

After working only a few weeks with CIS, I can honestly say that there are already so many things that I love about this agency. I love being able to provide students with a safe place to express their emotions, and to help students do their best to succeed. I love the look on students’ faces when they begin to read on their own without my help. I love that the children enjoy working with me as much as I enjoy working with them. But most of all, I love that despite all of the distractions in the world around them, the students I work with remain determined, because they want to expand their knowledge and skills as much as possible.

I am thrilled to be working in such a rewarding position for CIS this semester, and I look forward to witnessing the difference I am able to make in the lives of my students.

-Elizabeth Aigner, CIS Intern at Shadow Oaks Elementary School (SBISD)_K018738-2