Beber Camp Is… Katie Kohn
It’s hard to hard to put into words the extent to which Beber Camp has influenced my life. The people I worked alongside, the friends I made, and the experiences I had at camp have all shaped me into who I am today.
As a kid, I watched as my sister, her friends, and many of my own friends relished their camp experiences year after year. But, for some reason or another, I always thought camp wasn’t for me. As it turns out, I was very, very wrong. I finally thought I’d try it out in 2007 as counselor. Joining the Beber family was the best decision I ever made (thanks to Allison Polster and Jamie Landau for finally convincing me that it was time to give it a shot!)
Beber is the place my where leadership was truly cultivated because the people at camp, including my friends and mentors, invested heavily me. I showed up to camp in 2007 as an awkward and shy kid. I left camp each summer a stronger leader and a better person. My friends and mentors from camp helped me grow in ways I never imagined. I learned how to hone my communication skills, develop strong relationships rooted in trust, and innovate fearlessly. Simply put, my camp experience prepared me for my professional career.
In 2010, I joined Teach For America as a teacher in San Antonio, Texas. As a first year high school English teacher, I relied on the mindsets and skills I developed at Beber to achieve success. During my teaching experience, I connected with my mentors and friends from Beber who encouraged me to persevere in the face of tremendous obstacles.
A few years later, I returned to Cleveland to help launch a new Teach For America region and become a founding staff member in my hometown. I currently serve as the Managing Director of our Teacher Leadership Development team in Cleveland, where I leverage many of the skills I learned at camp. I owe much of my success to camp. To all my friends and mentors who have supported me in my journey – thank you.
I will forever be grateful for your friendship and support.