Tamiko McVicker is one of Shorewood’s many new staff members. She began her work as an academic lab aide at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
“It’s a good place to go to school,” McVicker said when speaking of SHS. Despite her new Shorewood allegiance, McVicker graduated from Whitefish Bay High School.
After graduating high school, McVicker moved out of Wisconsin and went to Texas, where she studied at Texas A&M. It was there that she worked hard and eventually became a certified teacher.
McVicker’s job is not a regular teaching one, however. She is employed as an academic lab aide, and her role is to help kids get their work done and check their grades. While this might not be a popular thing with her students, it can help keep them in their extracurricular activities.
Another part of her work consists of collaborating with teachers. McVicker can coordinate with students and teachers so that if a test needs to be taken, or another academic aspect needs to be dealt with, a teacher can find their student and help them.
She also is there to provide academic assistance if a student needs it. And, while she is currently working by herself, she will have people “that will be coming in to assist with math and the sciences,” McVicker said.
“Basically, you have to have kids study, and they don’t always like that,” McVicker said. This is where her teaching degree comes in handy. She can use this knowledge to help her handle rowdy or uncooperative kids.
In order to do this job, you also need “classroom management skills, [and] you definitely have to have people skills,” McVicker said. Classroom management skills can help McVicker with kids going in and out. In addition, she can keep track of what everybody is doing.
The people skills McVicker has are an asset. She can use them to help navigate interactions with other teachers. Also, all the students and teachers have different personalities and people skills will give her an advantage when working with them.
by Kelly Whittle