For 5 years the Quinn Center was the most important part of the Golden Apple Scholars summer. You welcomed 30 pre-service young teachers into your Summer Program. They were able to teach every class that was offered--from science to music, math, reading--and included every age of the campus. Our scholars grew in all the areas of teacher preparation and learned the real definition of diversity and acceptance. For many, this was their first experience working with children of diverse ethnicity, economic backgrounds, and English language learners. They planned their lessons each day and truly looked forward to working with their “kids.” They grew to love them and respect them. This opportunity also gave our Scholars the time to learn about the amazing Monsignor Quinn and all he stood for. His story inspired these young people to embrace the differences, be strong and stand up, be the voice for those who do not have one.
Even today, as these Scholars look back, they all agree that their experiences at the Quinn Center were the very best of all their Summer Institutes. The Quinn Center is a very, very special place.
Thank you Quinn Center for your trust, cooperation, and the love we all felt. May you continue this journey.
Former Director, Golden Apple Institute