Coordinator of the Month – April 2018
Getting to Know Kimberli Pacheco
Name: Kimberli Pacheco
City/State: Tacoma, WA
This month we are proud to honor Kimberli Pacheco as our Coordinator of the Month. Kimberli has been with Twinn Palms for almost three years, and in that time she has done an amazing job at ensuring her host families and students have settled in and established a solid routine. Her love for her students shines through her ability to help her students feel loved and supported. We are lucky and grateful to have such a talented person on our team. Congratulations Kimberli!
What have you learned as a Homestay Coordinator with Twinn Palms?
As a coordinator I have learned so many things that it’s hard to pinpoint just one thing. Being a coordinator has given me the opportunity to learn about the host students’ cultures that I never could have learned in a textbook. I have learned to be more patient and open minded. I was blessed to travel to China as a coordinator and experience the culture firsthand, and have the opportunity to meet the students’ families. To experience a day in China is something I will never forget.
What was your favorite moment with your students?
My favorite experience as a coordinator so far was when I took 12 students to Portland, Oregon for the weekend. We shopped at the outlet mall, the Adidas Employee Store, and attended a Portland Trailblazer game. It was a blast to see the kids interact out of the school atmosphere. They shopped until they dropped, swam until the late hours and had sleepovers in their hotel room. We really needed a bigger van to get everyone’s bags back to Washington. My trip to China and attending the Twinn Palms 2016 Summit on a cruise ship with my son was a personal favorite.
What do you recommend as the number one “must have” for a host family?
I feel one of the “must haves” of a host family is that they are able to be involved and supportive of their student. They should not only be supportive in the classroom, but outside as well, like clubs, sports, and all extra curricular activities. The host family is there to cheer their host student on while praising their accomplishments. Help them pick out that perfect prom dress, teach them how to tie a tie or get them to their TOEFL test on a Saturday. Encourage them to see the bigger picture.
Thank you again, Kimberli for your dedication to your role as Homestay Coordinator; you are truly appreciated and valued.